A Michigan woman posts daily inspirational signs for motorists

Every day, Jonna Siano hopes to catch the eye of the thousands of motorists and pedestrians passing along one of Battle Creek’s busiest roads.

As part of her nighttime routine, she and her husband John Whitaker walk the building From their home to the corner of Hiawatha Dr. and Capital Ave. SW to write positive affirmations, quotes, and inspirational messages meant to spark smiles on a spotlighted 4″ x 4″ chalk board.

“The Internet has these influencers,” she said. “I’m an old-fashioned blackboard influencer.”

Jonah Ciano poses next to a chalkboard sign along Capital Avenue Southwest on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Ciano began writing daily positive messages on the sign when the pandemic began in 2020.

Siano, 58, a native of Battle Creek, is a married mother and stepmother of two adults and owner of Cool Mama’s Ice Cream. A type 1 diabetic, she made the difficult decision to close her ice cream shop after five years at her former Continental Pastries and Deli location in Battle Creek during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to better protect her health.

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