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St. Lawrence student spreads hope and positivity one sidewalk at a time

By Barry Gray
The Hamilton Spectator (May 7, 2020)


If you are out for a walk in Hamilton’s north end, along Simcoe Street East, and you keep your head down, you might just lift your spirits up.

Resident Peyton Nicholls, 10, took to the sidewalk in her neighbourhood, armed with a bucket of chalk, and started writing inspirational messages of positivity for a school project.

Her simple, colourful words and drawings have captured the attention of neighbours and front line workers walking past, bringing smiles to faces as we continue to deal with the many aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peyton has had help from family and friends, and seen passersby contribute their own thoughts. The kids plan on circling the block and perhaps continuing, unless they run out of things to say or draw. Or chalk.





Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator
Photo: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator