More than one dozen Warren elementary teachers are greeting their students this year by writing supportive messages in sidewalk chalk. 

The teachers and staff members from Summit Academy Community School decorated the sidewalks surrounding the school Wednesday with a profusion of chalked rainbows, hearts and words of encouragement to start the school year. 

Some of the messages read "You're awesome," "You are amazing" and "Welcome Back."

This is the third year for the event.

"[It] makes the kids feel welcomed and supported. It starts the school year off on a positive note," said Principal Allison Glass, pointing out that most of the school's 120 students (kindergarten-seventh grade) are visual learners, many with learning challenges such as autism and ADHD.

The sidewalk greeting starts off a series of back-to-school week festivities at Warren Elementary.

Other activities include personal greetings by Glass, school teachers, and Summit Academy Management CEO John Guyer on the first day of school, August 22 at 7:10 a.m.

Sergeant First Class Soltis, who has served in the U.S. Army for the past 18 years, will lead the school community in the "Pledge of Allegiance" at 7:30 a.m., in the school gym.

Originally from Ashtabula, Sergeant Soltis works at the U.S. Army Recruiting Office in Warren. 

Plus, the Kona Ice truck will arrive on Friday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. with snow cones for all of the students and school staff members.

"It's a good relationship builder," said Glass of the snow cone event, which brings students and teachers together in a non-academic setting. "It encourages social skills, which we push heavily with our students, and shows them the fun side of school."