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Kindness Rocks Project – In Spanish!

Our Latin American Experience class is all about making connections within the Latino community and reaching out to others in kindness and friendship with the goal of promoting tolerance and understanding.  What better way than to create a Kindness Rocks Project in Spanish!

I first learned about The Kindness Rocks Project this past summer while I was hiking with my children, Eamon and Delia.  We came upon this assortment of beautifully-painted rocks and noticed that they had wonderful, positive messages written on them. Uplifting statements like “May all good things happen to you today” and “Focus on the good” adorned these rocks of various sizes and shapes.  My son and daughter were immediately intrigued and we spent quite some time reading the positive messages and talking about what they meant.  We also noticed the hashtag #thekindnessrocksproject written on each rock and were curious what it all meant.  Looking more closely, we also noticed a small wooden sign that welcomed us to take a rock if we needed some positivity in our lives and to share them with others in need.  It also said to take a photo of the rock and to put it on social media with the hashtag #thekindnessrocksproject.  I was amazed at what we found out when we did a little more investigation at home of how this all began.

The Kindness Rocks Project was started by an anonymous woman in Barnstable, MA.  She liked to collect rocks on the beach and would paint inspirational sayings on them and leave them in places for people to find.  One instance, before her trend went viral, this woman simply left a painted rock at a local Whole Foods and a woman, who had been experiencing many recent hardships in her life, picked it up and posted a photo on Facebook.  She explained how that simple message of hope changed her life and helped her to move forward through difficult circumstances.  And thus, The Kindness Rocks Project was born!

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As she continues to pay it forward, she has inspired people, like us,  from around the globe to create their own Kindness Rocks Project!

Students in our Latin American Experience classes collected up some rocks and painted positive messages and inspirational quotes in Spanish on them  Then, they ventured off to set up their “rock garden” in a local Milford park.  If you were a Spanish-speaker and you came across a rock garden with uplifting messages in YOUR language, how cool would that be?

Learn more about The Kindness Rocks Project here!

Check out some of our student-created Spanish kindness rocks below!


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Student Spotlight – Madi K.

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 9.47.16 AMHere is another Star Student from our Latin American Experience class!

Nombre: Madison Kimball

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
11

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Singing
  • Playing instruments

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
My favorite food is pineapple.

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I would like to learn more about Spanish culture and how it influences us.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I like learning about the different kinds of music and how they are influential and where they originated from.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We are currently creating kindness rocks with inspirational  Spanish sayings to put out into the community.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:

“Don’t look back.  You aren’t going that way.”


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Student Spotlight – Isabelle T.

Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 7.48.08 AMHere is another Star Student from our Latin American Experience class!

Nombre: Isabelle Todd

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
13

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • going to the beach,
  • relaxing

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
celery

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
More about Spanish culture!

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
doing fun projects

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
painting rocks for the Spanish kindness rock garden

 


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Student Spotlight – Rebecca R.

Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 12.43.33 PMHere is another Star Student from our Latin American Experience class!

Nombre: Rebecca Rausch

Clase: LAX

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
13


(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Field a hockey
  • Softball
  • Skiing
  • Listen to music
  • Hang with friends
  • Spend time with family

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:  
Caesar salad

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
About the different cultures of Latino and Spanish cultures.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I like singing Te AMO Y Mas.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We are learning about the different Spanish dances such as bachata, merengue, salsa, etc…

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
Would you rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me. “ ~Michael Scott


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Student Spotlight – Megan A.

screen-shot-2017-02-06-at-9-46-46-amHere is another “Star Student” from our Latin American Experience class!

Nombre: Megan Agro

Clase: Latin American Experience Honors

How many years have you studied Spanish?:  13 years


(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Soccer
  • Drama
  • Volunteer work
  • Playing piano
  • Spending time with friends and family.

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Mashed Potatoes

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:

I am hoping to extend my ability to communicate and collaborate with people in Spanish and touch up my grammar.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
Being able to go out and do hands-on projects.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We are working on a project that has us learn a specific type of dance, record ourselves teaching the dance, and presenting it during Wellness Week.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m Possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn


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Student Spotlight – Mark J.

screen-shot-2017-02-02-at-10-11-45-amHere is another “Star Student” from our Latin American Experience class.

Nombre: Mark Jango

Clase: Latin American Experience


How many years have you studied Spanish?:
 12 years

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Snowboarding

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Watermelon

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I am hoping to learn communication skills.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
The freedom 

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
Working on a Padlet that explains why Spanish is such a good program to get into.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“You win some you lose some.”


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Student Spotlight – Taylor M.

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Here is “Star Student” from our Latin American Experience/Spanish Immersion Teaching Assistant Class

Nombre: Taylor Moore

 

Clase: Teaching Assistant / Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?: 13

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Skiing
  • Reading
  • Watching Netflix

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Sweet potato fries


(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I am hoping to improve my Spanish speaking skills and cultural awareness.


(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
As a teaching assistant, I love working with and teaching lessons to the Spanish Immersion students in the elementary school.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
In Latin American Experience, we just wrapped up a lesson on immigration.


(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“How do you say that in Spanish?”


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Student Spotlight – Sam Carter

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-12-44-57-pmHere is a “Star Student” from our Latin American Experience class!

Nombre: Sam Carter

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?: 4

 

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Pizza

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I was just hoping to learn more about Latin American and Hispanic culture.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
The freedom to work at our own pace.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We just finished up a project on Latin American and Hispanic food.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
~ Nelson Mandela


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Student Spotlight – Viola Hibbett

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-12-43-26-pmHere is a “Star Student” from our Latin American Experience class!

Nombre: Viola Hibbett

Clase: Latin American Experience Honors

How many years have you studied Spanish?:  13



(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Reading (science fiction mainly)
  • Listening to music
  • Hiking

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
My favorite foods are green tea mochi ice cream and agendashi tofu.

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I am hoping to learn about Latino culture, politics, and history.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
My favorite part about this class is going out into the community and learning from direct exposure.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
In our class we are currently doing a project on Latino food where we go into the community and shop in a Latino market, get a Latino dish, and to cook that dish.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
My favorite quote is: “In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” (Douglas Adams)