LIHUE >> Kauai schoolchildren drew 103 "sidewalk sympathy cards" to the people of New York City and Pentagon workers in the first hour of a three-day event that began yesterday at Kukui Grove Shopping Center.
Kauai chalks up
expressions of sympathy
Kids draw 'sidewalk sympathy cards'
for those affected by the terror attacks
By Anthony Sommer
"This gives the people of Kauai a chance to do something instead of just feeling sad," said Carol Yotsuda, executive director of the Garden Island Arts Council.
With dozens of elementary school children working around her, Yotsuda contributed a drawing of the Liberty Bell.
All the artwork was drawn on the mall's sidewalks with chalk.
Organizers plan to take digital photographs of the pictures, print them and make two albums.
One will be sent to New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and the other to U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink (D, Rural Oahu-Neighbor Islands) to deliver to the Pentagon. The pictures will also be put on a Web site.
In addition, two large scrolls with expressions of sympathy from Kauai residents are being prepared at Kukui Grove.
The event will continue today and tomorrow.
"The idea started at a merchants meeting," said Kukui Grove Marketing Director Mary Daubert. "All the materials were donated by the stores, and we turned it over to the arts council."