Girls color house and raise $150 for charity

The Cassity girls learned that a little chalk goes a long way.

Shawn Cassity's three daughters, featured in a Wichita Eagle article Friday for their efforts to decorate their brick house with sidewalk chalk, have attracted scores of visitors and raised more than $150 for charity.

The girls — 9-year-old twins Katie and Amber and their 7-year-old sister, Jessica — plan to use the money to buy popsicles, crayons, coloring books and other treats for children in the pediatric ward at Wesley Medical Center.

Shawn Cassity said visitors from Wichita, Maize, Cheney and Halstead drove by the southeast Wichita house Friday. Many stopped to compliment or encourage the girls and contribute to the cause, she said. Some families asked if they or their kids could color a few bricks.

"It's amazing. The girls are so excited," Shawn Cassity said. "People are stopping and telling them what a great thing they're doing to help other kids."

Meanwhile, the girls and their friends, Maleah Baldorf and Tatum White, have continued to color the house with pastel-colored chalk, brick by brick. Because it looks like it popped out of a Dr. Seuss book, the friends call it "Our Horton Who House."

Cassity said she's gotten a few comments from people surprised that she let her children "deface" the house.

"I tell them it's nothing that's not washable," she said. "We're having a great time. We love it."