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University Commons Chalk Drawing Fest Raises Money for Nearby School

By Stephanie Lulay | September 23, 2014 8:19am
 The second annual University Commons Chalk Drawing Fest brought color to 15th Street sidewalks Sunday while raising funds for Smyth Elementary School.
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UNIVERSITY VILLAGE — The University Commons neighborhood came together Sunday to raise money for a nearby school while crafting some colorful chalk creations. 

The second annual Chalk Drawing Fest raised $360 for Smyth Elementary School, according to Nancy Plax, director of community outreach for the neighborhood group Connecting 4 Communities. The University Commons Neighborhood Association will use that money to buy an iPad 2 for Smyth School, 1059 W. 13th St.

Adult artists were asked to donate $5 toward the cause in exchange for pastels, Plax said. Kids participate for free.

The fall event at 15th and Aberdeen streets, which featured food trucks and a jelly bean contest, brought 150 neighbors together Sunday.

Check out the colorful sidewalk creations — including sports logos and Dia de Los Muertos skulls — in our slideshow.

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