A group of London Middle School sixth graders took to the streets of London on Saturday morning to participate in the second ever “Rock Walk.” The students went around town hiding painted rocks as part of “London Rocks,” an initiative created by London Middle School teacher, Kirsten Witt, with the goal of “spreading joy.”
Residents who find the rocks are encouraged to post a picture to the “London OH Rocks” Facebook page, then re-hide them or make their own to hide. Witt said the hiding is a way to get kids involved in the community and to do something that might make someone who finds the rocks smile.
“Some of the kids aren’t connected to the community as much and we wanted to do something that gets them involved,” Witt said. The first walk happened last May and Witt hopes one happens in the spring and one in the fall. “We’d love to do two a year, just to get them out and about.” She said some of the kids discovered businesses and places in town they had never seen.
“We were overjoyed by the generous donations and support given by all of the businesses involved,” she added. Donations to the walk were made by Domino’s, McDonald’s, and Kroger. Employees at Kroger also paints rocks to contribute to the event. Residents who find those can turn them into the customer service desk and receive a candy treat.
The students, chaperoned by Witt and other families, met at the McDonald’s on East High Street, made their way through town, and ended at Cowling Park for a pizza lunch.
“We had over 50 participants and we hid 503 rocks,” said Witt. “Someone had posted one of the rocks found on the Facebook page within an hour of the walk. Many have been found and posted already.”
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