To kickstart the 2013-2014 school year, the Thea Foundation’s eighth annual sidewalk chalk event Thea Paves the Way will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, on, as tradition dictates, the front lawn of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, a scenic backdrop for the creative energy that pervades the site.

Thea Paves the Way began in 2005 as one of the Thea Foundation’s first outreach events to engage students, teachers, families, community groups, and more in one of the most collaborative art mediums practiced in the classroom and beyond. Today, the event draws 500+ participants to also enjoy deejayed music and outdoor recreation on the grounds.

Teachers who register their students as a school group have the chance to win one of two $250 gift certificates to art supplies distributor, Dick Blick Art Materials, through a drawing at the end of the event.

All teachers and students K - college will receive free admission to the Clinton Presidential Library on the day of the event. Students are asked to bring some form of school I.D. or check in with their teachers upon arrival.

Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to make reservations online now through Sept. 12.