Have you seen one? A painted rock near a business or public park in Red Boiling Springs or Lafayette?
The idea is simple: hide and go seek with rocks. That’s the aim behind 615 Rocks! Macon County.
“I started 615 Rocks! with my seventh and eighth grade science classes after seeing the project on the Channel 2 news,” said Red Boiling Springs Junior High teacher Sharon Brockette.
Her classes study rocks as part of the curriculum. When Brockette saw the project, she wanted to bring it to her classes to motivate them. Originally Brockette’s classes painted about 100 rocks and hid them in February.
“There was so much interest, I started our own group for Macon County on Facebook.”
Since that time, the 615 Rocks! Macon County Facebook group has over 600 members. Brockette has hosted two painting classes, the most recent one in April and advertised on the group Facebook page.
“Approximately 50 people came to the painting party in my classroom on April 13,” she said. Those that attended ranged in age from preschoolers to adults.
“The students have been really excited to paint, hide, and find rocks. Their friends and families are now participating,” said Brockette. She noted that mostly local people have participated, but they are seeing more and more from the Lafayette area.
“I have learned that a simple, inexpensive project such a painting and hiding rocks can bring a community together,” she said.
Brockette encourages anyone to participate but to remember to re-hide rocks after they’ve been found. “Several people have commented that it has been a great activity for families to spend time together.”
Currently, Mrs. Brockette’s class is collecting painted rocks to donate to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Rocks can be dropped off at Red Boiling Springs High School through May 30. They are being delivered on May 31.
If you’d like to participate, the 615 Rocks! Facebook group (Nashville) has some guidelines posted by Emily Pohlman Gouldener.
What Do I Need To Get Involved?
*Rocks. Find in nature or purchase. Home Depot has huge bags in the garden center.
*Acrylic paint or paint pens. Some people choose to spray paint the rocks before painting.
*Sealer. Krylon Acrylic Spray Sealer works great as does Rustoleum Clear Matte Spray Sealer. Many have also used a brush on called “Triple Thick” for a high gloss finish. Michaels and Home Depot carry options.
How do I paint?
*Be creative. Paint anything on your rock or be inspired by the shape!
*If you want your rock to be found and shared on the Facebook page, here are a few ideas for the back of your rock:
1. Draw the Facebook “f” and write 615 Rocks!
2. Post a picture on 615 Rocks! Macon County on Facebook
*SEAL YOUR ROCK with sealer so your art doesn’t run.
Where do I hide my rock?
*Hide them anywhere, expecting someone will find it and smile. No private property (unless you have permission) and National Parks are off limits.
*If you find a rock, snap a picture and upload to 615 Rocks! Macon County.
*Invite people to join the page @615Rocks! Macon County. The more painters and planters, the more joy that is spread!