E.R. Rocks! Painting Party

E.R. Rocks! Painting Party
Posted on 03/16/2017
Inspired by recent news articles describing the newest craze in kindness, (615 Rocks! and White House Rocks) the East Robertson community has joined the effort to spread a little more happiness locally.

East Robertson Middle School Student Council members met on Tuesday, March 7, to paint rocks that students had gathered from local creeks. The rock shapes inspired students to paint designs on the front of each rock, and later they added the ER Rocks! Facebook logo on the back. Painted designs were sprayed with a clear coat for protection and then randomly placed throughout the ERHS campus, Kilgore Park trails, and local businesses.

As rocks were discovered, students and teachers would anxiously bring and share their rock-finding stories with Student Council advisor, Ms. Holle Wiktorek. “Finders” were encouraged to either keep the rock, return it to the original location, or join the fun in hiding it for another to find.

Students are also encouraged to paint rocks at home during spring break.

This initiative is in no way associated or similar to geocaching or Pokemon Go! Instead, the ERMS ER Rocks! effort is simply a random act of kindness and painted art expression created to share happiness.

As a Student Council advisor, Ms. Wiktorek offered advice and direction to her students.

“You have heard of Quilting Bees; why not start a Rockin' Bee or Paintin' Bee?” she said. “With a more clever name, the kids may embrace it. Our students have so much goodness, passion, talent, and creativity inside them that I hope will be released and shared with others. ‘Just Say No!’ to technology for a change and actually enjoy some fun crafting face to face with peers.

Wiktorek went on to recommend that political messages be avoided, but "Stomp out Drugs" or "No Bullies Allowed" would send great reminders to students and parents.

“Rocks could also promote unity, patriotism, school spirit, teamwork, sports, academics, clubs, vocabulary, and so much more!” she added.

The ERMS Student Council would appreciate community support in sharing this information before spring break, so all can "rock out" during their free time! Students actually found it addictive with one commenting, “You can't paint just one!”
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