Fairfield Middle School seventh-grade students in art class with teacher Holly McDow are working on a project called “FMS Kindness Rocks.”
For the project, McDow explained students discussed different rock painting projects that are happening in the area and across the country, especially rock paintings intended to spread kindness and cheer through positive, uplifting messages, artwork and quotes.
Students were asked to think about how they could show or spread kindness through the simple idea of painting a rock, continued McDow. Each student then designed and painted two rocks: one to stay on display in the FMS courtyard in an exhibit that will grow as students add more rocks to it over time; and one to be placed out in the community. McDow said students discussed responsible places to leave the rocks and were told not to leave them in areas that could possibly cause any problems or harm.
Rocks placed in the community are to be enjoyed and even taken by the public who are lucky enough to find one, said McDow. Only one thing is asked of those who find and/or take a rock painting: simply find a way to pay kindness forward to another lucky individual. The students’ hope is that more individuals will take time to remember kindness toward others and possibly even create more rock paintings to give to others or place for others to find.