Mum’s in­spi­ra­tional mes­sages help put pupils on right path

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A MUM from Guild­ford has taken on the man­tle of in­spir­ing lo­cal chil­dren and their par­ents by dec­o­rat­ing the pave­ments with in­spi­ra­tional mes­sages in col­or­ful chalks.

Un­der cover of dark­ness on Mon­day night (Septem­ber 4), as thou­sands of young­sters got read to go back to school, mum-of-five Melony Robert­son, 33, and her daugh­ter Ge­or­gia, 13, spent an hour and a half bring­ing a lit­tle ex­tra joy to the start of a new term at Mer­row In­fant School and Bushy Hill Ju­nior School.

The mes­sages range from Dr Seuss quotes and quirky sketches to sim­ple slo­gans such as “try hard” and “if you are lucky enough to be dif­fer­ent, do NOT change”.

Mrs Robert­son said she ‘bor­rowed’ the idea from a cu­ri­ous source: “Three years ago, I was ran­domly scrolling through a Facebook sewing group based in USA.

“They were do­ing some­thing sim­i­lar and I kind of copied them. I’ve been do­ing it ev­ery year since.”

With no artis­tic back­ground, Mrs Robert­son is cur­rently study­ing English Lit­er­a­ture at the Open Uni­ver­sity and does not draw the images for any per­sonal re­ward or sat­is­fac­tion.

She said: “I just think, it’s first the day back, the kids are ner­vous and so are some of the par­ents for what­ever rea­son.

“It’s some­thing nice to see on your way into school in the morn­ing and some­thing to lift the spir­its.

“Ev­ery­one seems to love it. I want ev­ery­one to do it – the whole coun­try. We live in a world where peo­ple aren’t al­ways nice and they keep them­selves to them­selves.

“I just want to make peo­ple smile.”

Mrs Robert­son took to Facebook to share pho­tos of the draw­ings and a pleas­ant mes­sage for her fol­low­ers.

She added: “I get peo­ple on Facebook send­ing me mes­sages that I don’t even know say­ing ‘you’re great’ and stuff like that.”

Mrs Robert­son said if she ever man­aged to reach su­per­hero sta­tus she would op­er­ate un­der the alias ‘Su­per Stitchus’ due to her love of sewing.

She also sug­gested that she had a few more tricks up her sleeve but de­clined to re­veal the lo­ca­tion of her next tar­get.

Two of the mes­sages writ­ten by mum Melony Robert­son, left

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