Spruce Mountain students seek help to spread kindness

Otto I. Eovaldi

Regional College Device 73 Directors at the April 14 meeting discovered of the Kindness Rocks venture librarians at the elementary and large faculty are collaborating on. After the conference, Board Chair Robert Staples retains one particular of the rocks that are remaining remaining all over the community for finders to enjoy then put in a new location. Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser

JAY — Brightly painted rocks may possibly be demonstrating up in unanticipated places in the coming months in an effort to brighten someone’s day and present that individuals treatment.

Everyone obtaining just one of these rocks is questioned to shift it to a distinctive location or give it to a person to keep the Kindness Rocks task likely.

The reasoning guiding the Kindness Rocks project was spelled out by Spruce Mountain District Librarian Amy Ryder in the course of the Regional College Device 73 Board of Administrators assembly Thursday night time, April 14.

Every single year elementary college students browse books nominated for the Maine Chickadee Award, she said.

“This yr, the key character of a single of the textbooks was a rock,” Ryder famous. “We experienced viewed painted kindness rocks all around, and thought this would be a precious job for our learners to do jointly. The plan is, pupils paint slogans or artwork on to a rock that may brighten someone’s working day.”

A basket of colourful rocks embellished by college students and employees at Spruce Mountain Superior School is seen after the Regional Faculty Unite 73 Board of Directors meeting April 14. Librarians at the significant and elementary colleges are collaborating on a task to spread kindness and pleasure all over the university communities and beyond. Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser


The rock is remaining somewhere for someone to come across. The finder locations it somewhere else for another individual to locate.

“Potentially, the rock manufactured by our college students could vacation a good distance and be relished by numerous persons,” Ryder stated. “It appeared like a wonderful venture, but also a lot of perform for Spruce Mountain Elementary College by yourself. So we recruited the best helpers we have: the (substantial college) students. They like to enable us prep materials to use with our younger college students.”

Quite a few more mature college students volunteered to clean up the rocks, paint a base coat on them, and seal labels describing the venture on the back, she said.

“Once they had been dry, the rocks went to the elementary university to be embellished by our students,” Ryder mentioned. “The significant faculty college students also decorated some, due to the fact they could not pass up out on the most enjoyment portion.

“Then we sealed them and gave them again to the young children to spot into the local community,” she mentioned. “We painted more than 300 rocks entirely, and I moved them back and forth among the schools a whole of six moments, which was a fantastic exercise session.”

The little ones are psyched to know that their form text or art could make a variance in the community, and could possibly distribute a lot even further than the district towns, Ryder explained.


“In buy for the kindness to spread, our rocks now require to get out into the local community and over and above,” she additional. “This is where by you can enable us. We are inviting the Spruce Mountain Faculty Board to join us by positioning just one of our kindness rocks someplace. We hope to clearly show our learners that their kindness traveled significantly past the university and positively impacted our neighborhood.”

Ryder shared rocks with directors that had been painted by large college learners and staff members. She encouraged anyone traveling throughout trip to take a rock with them and depart it there to prolong the project’s access past area communities.

Director Phoebe Pike stated she remembered substantial college students supporting even though she was in elementary faculty and then becoming an older pupil encouraging younger kinds. Looking at both of those sides of the coin has stayed with her, she noted.

“This sense of neighborhood is great,” Pike reported.

“I know how far that interaction with superior university college students go,” Director Elaine Fitzgerald reported. She however stays related with college students who assisted her lessons even though a teacher, she noted.

In other business enterprise administrators authorised an eighth quality vacation to the Museum of Science in Boston on May perhaps 25.


8 quality pupils have used their whole center faculty career in the shadow of the pandemic, center college principal Caroline “Carrie” Luce said. The celebratory excursion, not based on lecturers is wonderful, offering college students something to appear ahead to, she noted.

Grants will offer admission for the middle school’s 99 students, one more grant will assistance with busing, and money was put into the spending budget for trips, Luce mentioned.

The Museum of Science at any age is wonderful, Fitzgerald explained.

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