‘It creates positivity’: Messages of good character being etched on sidewalks throughout Elk Grove

Be kind. Do good. Believe in yourself. You are loved. You matter.

Then there’s the play on words in front of Jarosch Bakery: Life is what you bake of it.

Those are among the dozens of messages etched on the sidewalks of Elk Grove Village this week, where the local Community Character Coalition chapter distributed chalk to schools, businesses, governmental organizations, churches and residents to spread messages and pictures of good character.

  Quinn Malazzo, from left, and Sophie Oddo, both 10, work on a chalk drawing on the sidewalk outside Queen of the Rosary School on Wednesday as part of “Chalk It Up To Character” week. Brian Hill/

“It creates positivity. It creates something wonderful for our village,” said village Trustee Tammy Miller, a member of the coalition and one of the organizers of this week’s “Chalk It Up To Character” initiative. “Good character is always important. It’s the foundation of what we all have as values.”

  Students drew sayings and pictures about good character Wednesday on the sidewalks outside Queen of the Rosary School. It’s part of the “Chalk It Up To Character” campaign in Elk Grove Village. Brian Hill/

Among the chalkers Wednesday were students at Queen of the Rosary School, Admiral Byrd Elementary School, business park employees at Tasty Catering and That’s Caring gift basket company, and members of the police, fire and public works departments.

  Queen of the Rosary preschoolers Eamon Devereaux, from left, and Caleb Adamo draw positive sayings on the sidewalks for “Chalk It Up To Character” week. Brian Hill/
  Students at Queen of the Rosary School in Elk Grove Village on Wednesday wrote positive messages in chalk on the sidewalks outside the school. Brian Hill/
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