Kindness rocks are always a fun item to find when you’re out and about, but this art teacher is taking the concept one step further with an amazing art project at her elementary school.
Jessica Moyes, the art teacher at Sharon Elementary School in Newburgh, Indiana, designed an entire pathway of colorful rocks representing her students.
Inspired by the book, Only One You by Linda Kranz, each student was given a rock to design and paint to share their unique selves. In the story, a little fish goes out to explore the ocean and his parents give him advice for while he is on his travels about making friends, finding his own way, and not having to follow the crowd. The most important piece of advice? “There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place.”
Ms. Moyes used this quote as the basis of her project, allowing each student to express themselves with their rocks. Once the rocks were painted and dry, they were installed in a path outside the elementary school with a sign with the quote from the novel.
The original project was installed several years ago with the help of a local grant. Ms. Moyes and her students recently gave it a touch up, cleaning and repainting the rocks that had weathered more than others.
Many other schools have reached out to learn more about the painted rock path. I’d love to see one installed at the schools near me too!