Elle Prada, along with her nine-year-old son Jacob and seven-year-old daughter Lilly, have been taking on one project per week during the summer months, and on Wednesday they were at the park for a scavenger hunt.
After making the hour-long commute into Gander, the Musgrave Harbour family decided to have a bathroom break before heading out.
Upon leaving the facilities, Prada noticed between eight to 10 chalk messages along the walkways. In large letters, she said, the words spelled out homophobic slurs and curse words.
“It’s not something I find appropriate for a family trail,” Prada said.
So the family took the initiative to remove the words with water they had on hand.
Given the events that unfolded during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., which resulted in 32-year-old Heather Heyer being killed and dozens of others injured, Prada used the experience as an opportunity to teach.
“It’s our responsibility to teach children about the powerful and hurtful messages behind these words and to teach about acceptance and the strength not to use them,” said Prada. “Because unless children are taught that these words are hurtful, they won’t know any better.”