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Chalk it up to their ‘summer bucket list’

July 12, 2012
Marshall Independent

Photo by Jenny Kirk

Creativity blossomed along Donita Street earlier this week as four Marshall High School freshmen-to-be let loose their artistic imagination. Kenzie Gillow, left, Ashley Stattelman and Abby Blanchette took a moment to pose by Gillow's horse creation. Along with Marissa Condon, the three artists used colored chalk to draw various pictures, stories and messages, decorating nearly two blocks along Donita Street within four hours. Along with a variety of faces and flowers, those passing by can see a dragon, bearded goat, octopus, eagle, and ballerina. There's even a Minion replica. "It was on our summer bucket list," Stattelman said. The girls came up with the idea for a summer "to-do" list about a week ago and have steadily been checking off activities on the 15-item list. Besides eating an entire jar of large pickles, the friends plan to float down the Redwood River. In between activities, the foursome said they'll likely continue their chalk art. "We plan on (decorating) all the way to 4th Street," Blanchette said. The task isn't an easy one, they said, as obstacles, like oncoming vehicles and hot pavement keep them off the road. "We had to stop (Tuesday) because we ran out of chalk and we got thirsty," Gillow said.

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