Students at Heidelberg University are calling all sidewalk chalk artists to the Seneca County Courthouse Saturday morning.
Alpha Phi Omega, a Heidelberg group that focuses on community service, is organizing a sidewalk chalk competition scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday on the sidewalk at the courthouse.
Each participant is to have a sidewalk square to decorate how he or she wants.
"Hopefully, it's a beautiful sunny day," said Stephanie Gross, service director for Alpha Phi Omega.
Gross, a junior from London, Ohio, studying international studies, said Alpha Phi Omega has a national initiative called Spring Youth Service Weekend, which is Friday and Saturday, and the sidewalk chalk program is part of it. The theme of Saturday's event is "Picturing a better world: sharing eco-friendly habits through art."
Katie Pierce, a sophomore from Marion studying public relations and communication media and a member of Alpha Phi Omega, said age groups will be 13 and younger and 14 and older.
How to participate
The sidewalk chalk event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Seneca County Courthouse. No registration is necessary, and chalk is to be provided. Part of the prize is a pizza party with Mayor Jim Boroff. If the event should be canceled due to rain, Alpha Phi Omega would accept drawings on paper instead.
"Adults are more than welcome to participate," she said.
Gross said Alpha Phi Omega has four areas of service: the organization, campus, community and nation. It has sponsored an on-campus senior citizens' prom, and members play cards weekly with seniors.
It also has had a fall harvest festival, an adopt-a-professor program and a can recycling drive for Habitat for Humanity.
"Alpha Phi Omega is a national service organization," she said.
Alpha Phi Omega also is doing a drive for children's items through Tiffin elementary schools, and people wishing to donate can bring items to Saturday's event.
"We're collecting gently used shoes, clothes and toys," Gross said.
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