Kindness Rocks Project Reaches First Graders in Hudson

September 22, 2017


by Len Lathrop

The project started on Cape Cod when one woman decided she could change the world, one rock at a time, according to Fox News 25.

Fox News reported that it has taken off, and now you can see hundreds of them all over the world.  They have messages of inspiration and hope, along with messages of remembrance and sympathy for people who have lost loved ones.

Hudson now has the rocks in a small garden by the entrance to H. O. Smith School, every first grader, who started the new school year just a few weeks ago, marched to the garden area and placed their stone with a special message on it together with stone painted by their classmates.

The small piles of painted stones were arranged by classroom.  It seemed each classroom had a theme that seems to keep the new students together, whether it was by the polka dots or decoupage look or simply by the colors.  Each had a word or two on them and Principal Mary-Ellen Labrie explained that the teacher coated the rock with acrylic to protect from the weather.

The idea began when she started collecting rocks along the beach while reflecting on the loss of her parents and searching for guidance raising her teenagers.  She found the rocks inspirational, and she thought maybe others would too.

“I dropped a rock outside of Whole Foods that said, “Don’t give up” and when I got home, a woman put up the rock on Facebook and said, ‘Thank you so much.  Today was my last chemo day and I’ll keep this rock with me forever,’” she told FOX 25.

She’s now had people contact her from as far away as Europe and New Zealand about starting their own Kindness Rocks projects.  It’s also taking off on social media with the hashtag #thekindnessrocksproject.

“I receive hundreds of messages every day when I wake up – and I want to reply to every single message, because it has meaning,” she said.

Maybe the stones in Hudson will travel the world, but for today they started to bring a school full of first graders together.