Lower school students use rocks to spread kindness
Counselor Julie Smith and art teacher Becky Gallion have led the way on a kindness rock project in the Lower School for the past two weeks. First, students chose words of encouragement and empathy to paint on rocks in art class. These rocks were then placed in the lower school courtyard to share with our students, faculty, and staff. Ms. Gallion and Ms. Smith are encouraging classes to use the rocks to write about kindness in their journals, help a friend feel supported, or inspire students to reach out to others.
Fourth grader Neha Khan explained that she and her classmates picked encouraging words to put on the rocks. “We got to decorate rocks and put kind words on the rocks to help people have a better day if they are feeling down,” she said. Fourth grader Harper Purcell talked about how the positive words and vibes in the rock garden could lift the spirits of people in the school. “If they come to the rock garden it could help them have a good day and it could help other people have a good day too,” she commented.
Ms. Smith said she enjoyed working with Ms. Gallion and that they hope the rock garden inspires lower school students. “I worked with the students on what kindness looks and sounds like. We talked about how words matter, and that each child can make a positive difference in someone’s life. Then Ms. Gallion helped the students make their rocks. The students may visit the rock garden to find inspiration.”
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