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Ban Sidewalk Chalk!

By June 24, 2012

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That's right! It's offensive and distracting. At least that's what a group in Stapleton, Colorado says. The group, Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton, is trying to ban drawing on sidewalks with chalk.

When I first heard this story, I couldn't believe it. But then considering that in some neighborhoods police are showing up to shut down children's lemonade stands, it's not surprising.  But really...sidewalk chalk?  Offensive?  Distracting? If my child wants to draw with chalk on the sidewalk in front of my house, why shouldn't he be allowed to?

Not only should this activity be allowed, it should be encouraged! It's a great way for kids to get outside and stretch their creativity. I'm such a big fan of this activity that I listed sidewalk chalk as a great summer toy for kids.

It seems to me that we are starting to think that we should spend our lives free from any exposure to anything that might offend us. But who gets to decide what is so offensive that it gets banned?  It offends me that someone wants to stop kids from exploring and expressing their creativity. I don't think I'm alone either.  Can we get together and get that banned?

What do you think?
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June 26, 2012 at 12:23 am
(1) Pam Kapke says:

As a parent and granny I keep sidewalk chalk in the car for things like bored siblings at little league baseball games

July 3, 2012 at 4:27 am
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I seldom drop responses, but i did some searching and wound up here Ban Sidewalk Chalk!.

And I do have a few questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be just me or does it look like some of these remarks appear as if they are coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting on additional sites, I would like to follow anything new you have to post. Would you make a list of the complete urls of all your shared pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

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