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Chalkboard Question Asks Rochesterians to Ponder Life Choices

They've been seen in cities around the world, and now one has popped up in Rochester's southwest quadrant: A chalkboard asking people to complete the sentence, "Before I die, I want to..."

And more than 100 people have written their answer. “Actually the first answer was ‘to love and be loved.’ Another one: ‘to make my grandfather proud, RIP.’ ‘To be missed and for everyone to think I was a good person.’ That one really stuck with me," said University of Rochester student Corinne Calabretta, who designed the project with her aunt, Maria Zwack. 

Calabretta said they're hoping to inspire people to think beyond the moment and recognize the importance of their day-to-day choices.  

The chalkboard is at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Bartlett Street.  Calabretta says she's planning some more thought-provoking projects in the future.

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two-decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York, to Miami, Florida.