'Hang in there': Como children's street art brightens lockdown

Seventy-two year old Laurel Petty said it "brought colour to such a dull time" when she looked out her Como window and saw children's chalk art that read 'Hang in there'.

On Como Parade, four neighbourhood children had used their daily exercise time to write messages in chalk on the road, along with a footpath bike track.

"It's good to look out the front street and see these little ones riding up and down on their bikes. What amazed me was how good their writing was and the message they wrote - it was fabulous," Ms Petty said.

The children were four-year-old Seth, Wesley and Holly who are both seven, and 10-year-old Jade.

Jade said she wanted to write the message because "we're in lockdown and we've just got to hang in there and we'll soon get out".

Who did she hope would see it?

"Anyone, maybe just people walking past on the street," she said.

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"Our neighbour's dad made a ramp for our bikes and we decided we'd make little streets so we could ride down and we also made a place to park [our bikes]."

When asked how it made her feel that her message made her neighbour smile, she said "good".

When questioned about home schooling, Jade said: "It's hard because it's not the same as doing school at school, but I'm fine with it."

Suzanne Miller, mum of Jade and Holly, said: "Every day at 3pm we send them out to climb trees and ride their bikes, they look forward to getting some exercise."

Seth and Wesley's mum, Amy Easton, said riding bikes and writing in chalk on the street was a "daily activity" for her boys during the lockdown.

"We get a lot of people walking and jogging up the road and I've noticed them looking and it brightens their day up a bit as well."