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Teen draws chalk art to lift neighborhood spirits

Inspirational messages drawn onto sidewalk
Posted: 9:01 AM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 12:03:02-04
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POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) - A teenager is using chalk art to try and lift the spirits of her neighbors during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Lori Vildibill has covered the sidewalks of her street in inspirational messages and doodles, hoping they can make people smile.

"It's mostly things I had been saying to myself to try to get me to feel better," she says of where she got the ideas for dozens of messages. "Then I thought, I can't just write a bunch of words. Maybe I'll draw a little flower here and there to brighten up people's days."

Lori, a Senior in High School, says missing out on things like prom, graduation, and yearbook signing because of Coronavirus had been somewhat depressing. She thought the drawings could change her moods, and also help her neighbors.

"I realized that I'm probably not the only person feeling that way, and if I can encourage people to just smile or get outside and walk, check out what I'm doing, it would be good for everyone," she says.

Even though recent rain has washed away most of the drawings already, Lori says she'll replace them with new ones. She plans to keep bringing a little sunshine after every storm.