At Sunderland Library, kindness rocks

Among all of the beauties and novelties in Martha’s Vineyard, Katherine Hand took back a solid memory. The memory was about rocks and no, not the kind you might find washed up on the beach.

It was the idea of the “Kindness Rocks Project,” a national movement to paint rocks with words of kindness. After the rocks are painted, their typically placed in a public place, like in a garden or in front of a school to hopefully pick up someone’s day when they read it.

Hand, the director of Sunderland Library, learned about the idea out on the Cape, when she saw some kindness rocks around, and decided to bring it back home.

Saturday afternoon close to 20 people of all ages, from children to elders, came to Sunderland Library for the rock painting activity led by Hand.

“It’s just something so simple and yet, it kept him active and engaged for an hour,” said Jo Sullivan, the mother of six-year-old Jack, who painted his own rocks Saturday.

Jack painted one as a gift for his grandmother, ahead of Mother’s Day the next day, and others like spotted eggs. His favorite part though? “The colors!”

Hand said she brought patio paint for the rocks so it won’t wash away when placed outside. Each person got to make their own palette with the array of paint colors to choose from. After the paint dried, a permanent marker could be applied so that the person could write a kindness message on it.

“It’s just starting to get warm out and people are thinking about their gardens, so it’s a good time for people to think about where to put their kindness rock,” Hand said about the timing of when she decided to hold the event.

Despite a warm week, Saturday was a rainy day, which worked out for Hand and the library, because it was an ideal activity for the weather.

Now Jack and the others who painted rocks at the library can bring them back home or elsewhere, and place them in a spot to lift up someone’s day when they walk by it and maybe inspire them to make their own.


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