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!
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!