Rocking kindness at Wilmot Elementary

Wilmot creates a rock garden to symbolize its motto: Better Together

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/18/21

Kindness, community and art have been rolled into one as part of the Wilmot Elementary School rocks project. Starting the first day of school in August, art teacher Elisabeth Marcus had students …

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Rocking kindness at Wilmot Elementary

Wilmot creates a rock garden to symbolize its motto: Better Together

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Kindness, community and art have been rolled into one as part of the Wilmot Elementary School rocks project.

Starting the first day of school in August, art teacher Elisabeth Marcus had students paint rocks in anticipation of creating a community art project of rocks painted by every student and staff member. The rock garden is in front of the school outside one of the classrooms.

Students painted their rocks in bright colors, some with words of encouragement such as “Smile,” “Life is better with you,” “Hope,” “Joyful” and “Together we stand.”

Marcus was impressed with the rocks her students created, saying she was happy that the messages were thoughtful and that they painted in such a way that the colors stood out. The rock garden idea was modeled from the school's motto this year: Better Together.

“We talked about how it felt to be more normal this year with no remote learning,” Marcus said. “(Students are) excited to be here.”

Staff members also painted rocks, which were placed in a ring on the outside of the space as if they are giving students a big hug, Marcus said.

Principal Stephany Fritz told the older students who came outside to place their rocks on Oct. 11 that they were the role models for the younger students by teaching them to be respectful of the garden. She explained that after parents sprayed the rocks with a sealant, sand would be put around the rocks to keep them in place.

Fifth graders were excited to spend their first day of school in August working on an art project.

Fifth graders Elliot Hotopp, Josie Jemsen, Arbor Beach and Stetson Ashley sat together at an art table as they painted, said they were happy to be back at school and agreeing they were better together.

Fifth graders Cora Pecchia and Rhyse O'Brien were intent on getting the colors just right before their rocks would spend a few days drying. Then they applied messages. Cora called the rock-garden project inspiring because it made Wilmot feel like a family, and it was nice that others would see her artwork.

“This project feels kind of good because I'm expressing myself and my style to people,” Rhyse added.

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