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Chalk the Walks and Make the World a Happier Place on August 15th

Spread smiles & inspiration with the 7th annual international Chalk the Walks

/EIN News/ -- Vancouver, WA, Aug. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- No matter where you are, you can make the world a happier place in just a few minutes on Tuesday, August 15th, by chalking positive messages on your sidewalk or driveway and sharing them with thousands of others across the globe. The 7th annual international Chalk the Walks event takes place anywhere all throughout the day with the sole purpose of infusing as many people as possible with some much-needed joy and inspiration. 

Chalk the Walks 2016 in Cary, IL

Chalk the Walks 2016 in Marlborough, MD



Chalk the Walks, a project of The Joy Team, is all about spreading smiles and lifting spirits through the magical power of positive messages and sidewalk chalk.  The international event began in Vancouver, Washington, in 2011; and has spread to all 50 US states and several countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Norway).


"This is a simple yet powerful way to put some happiness into the world," said Michele McKeag Larsen, founder of The Joy Team and creator of Chalk the Walks. Write positive messages, have fun doing it, spread some joy while you’re at it. "And you never know what a difference your message might make in someone's life."


Being part of the joy-spreading movement is easy.  Just join the Facebook event at, chalk uplifting messages on your sidewalks on Tuesday, August 15th, take a photo and share your messages on the Chalk the Walks 2017 Facebook event page or other social media with #ChalkTheWalks.  Then scroll through and enjoy a virtual playground of inspiration and optimism.


Anyone can host a Chalk the Walks event and invite the community to join them. Gatherings are planned across the nation, including city-wide events in Vancouver, Washington; Riverside, California; Ames, Iowa; Overland Park, Kansas; Windsor, New York; and Elkton, Maryland. A growing list of organized Chalk the Walks community events known to The Joy Team can be found here: 


For more information or to download customizable event posters, visit

Join Chalk the Walks 2017 here:

See photos from the 2016 event here:


About The Joy Team
Founded in February 2010, The Joy Team is a 501c3 corporation based in Vancouver, Washington, with the mission of building community by spreading joy, optimism and inspiration. Projects of the positive thought organization include putting up 1,471 positive messages (and counting) on billboards, delivering over 2,450 Happy Packets to the staff of organizations serving the community through The Junior Joy Team, giving over 4,400 jars of joy-wrapped peanut butter to hungry kids through the PB & JOY Project and the annual international Chalk the Walks event. Learn more at, like them on or follow them on Twitter @TheJoyTeam or Instagram


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Michele McKeag Larsen
The Joy Team