Summit Academy Community School – Warren Elementary students were greeted with chalked sidewalk sentiments, snow cone tickets, handshakes from U.S. Army Sergeant Scott Soltis, and supportive smiles from school staff members this morning, for their first day of classes.
Yesterday, Principal Allison Glass and roughly 20 teachers gathered to decorate the sidewalks surrounding the school with chalked greetings for the students. The profusion of rainbows, hearts, and words of encouragement has become a school tradition, now entering its third year.
“It starts the school year off on a positive note,” says Glass. “A lot of our students are visual learners so the bright-colored chalk art is visually appealing and makes the kids feel welcomed and supported.”
Sergeant First Class Scott Soltis, who has served in the U.S. Army for the past 18 years, led the school community in the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Originally from Ashtabula, Sergeant Soltis works at the U.S. Army Recruiting Office in Warren.
Check out the WFMJ TV-21 Youngtown’s story: http://www.wfmj.com/story/40947034/warren-elementary-teachers-greet-students-with-supportive-sidewalk-messages.