Spring Ridge art teacher Mrs. Kris Brown had a vision to see the #BeKind movement spread even further and an idea to involve her students in the process. After receiving a grant from the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation “Classroom Grants” program and bringing the rest of the Spring Ridge elementary staff on board, Mrs. Brown set to work on her project: #SRrocks!
Before their final day of the 2018-2019 school year, Spring Ridge staff members painted a rock with encouragements, everything from smiling suns to positive words. Once they were painted, staff members scoured the surrounding area for the best place to hide their #SRrocks and placing them strategically throughout the neighborhood.
Throughout the summer, anyone who found a specially-designed rock was encouraged to share a photo with the Spring Ridge Elementary School Facebook post for posting. Over a dozen rocks have since been found, but there will soon be a new set of rocks to be found. Now that school is back in session, students in Mrs. Brown’s art class are taking on a new project: decorating their own #SRrocks that they will then take home and place throughout the Elkhorn community.
Community patrons who find a rock are encouraged to again share a photo with the Spring Ridge Elementary School Facebook page so that students can reach their project goal of spreading kindness throughout the community and boosting a finder’s attitude! Directions for sharing photos are located on the bottom of all rocks.
Mrs. Brown encourages all Elkhorn residents to take part in the project, saying “Spring Ridge students and I are so excited to take the #BeKind theme a step further through our school rock project. My hope is that this school-wide project will spread a little kindness throughout the entire Elkhorn community. If you find a rock and it brings you joy, please take a photo and participate in our school project. Our students are excited to see your smiling faces with their rocks!”