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Sticks and stones may break bones, but students at Montemalaga Elementary School are using rocks to uplift their peers and learn about being kind.

Children on the Student Council painted 250 rocks with colorful messages such as “you are loved” and “shine your light.”

“The idea behind the Kindness Rocks Project is that ‘one message at just the right moment can change your entire day, outlook, life,'” said parent and council co-coordinator Lisa Lazar.

Lazar and the other coordinators found the idea for “Kindness Rocks” online and thought it was a perfect project to do with the broad range of kids from Transitional Kindergarten to Fifth Grade.

The painted rocks are in a “Kindness Rocks Garden” near the school’s library with a large rock that reads “Take one when you need one, Share one with a friend, Leave one for another.”

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