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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 12:43

Calling all artists: William Penn University's Media Club is gearing up for their fourth annual Chalk the Walk event.

Students in the Media Club of William Penn University are encouraging Oskaloosa residents to color the town square for the annual sidewalk chalk fundraiser for Operation Backpack. The event is held on Saturday, April 22 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oskaloosa Downtown Square.  The United Way of Mahaska County and FACE (Fine Arts and Culture Events) is teaming up with students in the Media Club during this event to raise money for Operation Backpack.

“Previously, Chalk the Walk took place at the elementary school but organizers moved the event to the town square to encourage greater visibility of the fundraiser,” said Digital Communication Graduate Assistant, Lauren Abbas.

Participant can purchase sidewalk squares for ten dollars to draw on and participants are encouraged to bring their own chalk.  All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the United Way of Mahaska County to support Operation Backpack, which provides children with essential school supplies needed to help them excel in their education.

If there is inclement weather, the event will be moved to Saturday, May 13 at the same time. Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend and give back to the community, while also making memories with friends and loved ones.

If you are interested in participating or donating to this year’s Chalk the Walk event, check out the Facebook event page Chalk the Walk 2017 for updates. You may also call event co-organizer Amanda DeVore at 641-676-3400 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it