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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rocks are Taking Off in Local Communities

** Port Allegany Rocks On **


Max Howard is pictured on a recent trip to the Port Allegany Elementary School where he hides rocks for others to find as well as looks for rocks.  Max is fourteen months old and the son of Nate and Cassie Howard.  His mom is a third grade teacher at PAES and started a group on Facebook named Port Allegany Rocks On.  The group encourages everyone to paint rocks, write “PAPAROCKS (Port Allegany PA Rocks) on the back, take a picture of the rocks that were painted and post them to the Facebook Group and then hide them around town.  When rocks are found, people are asked to take a picture of their findings and post them to the group page so others can see when their rocks have been found.  Local businesses are asked to join in on this fun as well.  To date, JVB and Port Freeze have joined in offering special rocks that can be turned in for a prize.  The more people (children as well as adults) that participate, the more fun it is for all involved.  There are also other local groups in neighboring towns that can be found on Facebook as well - Coudersport Rocks On, Emporium Rocks On, Smethport Rocks On, and Roulette is Rockin.  Port Allegany Rocks On is part of a national movement and rocks are being hidden and located all over the country.  Our project is part of the bigger project “The Kindness Rocks Project”.  This group can also be found on Facebook. 

Welcome to this group! We are so excited to bring this fun movement to Port Allegany.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Where can I find rocks?
-Start with your backyard!
-Dollar General and Dollar tree stores have bags of rocks for $1. These have a film on them that will need to be cleaned off before painting or the paint will peel. (Rubbing alcohol works well for this!)
-Big box stores and craft stores have bags of rocks as well.
-Find them. Please do not take rocks from private property. This includes businesses and personal property. It's against the law to take rocks from state and national parks.

What kind of paint?
-Acrylic paint or enamel paint. Wal-Mart has paint for $.50/ bottle.

Sealant?
-Clear spray sealant works very well. Mod podge is great. Allow time for the paint and sharpie on your rocks to dry or it will smear.
-Read the directions on your sealer for dry time.

Tags for the bottom?
-You can tag "Share to FB: #PAPARocks Keep or Rehide" on the back of your rock. Please also seal this before hiding, or it could wear off!

Hiding Rocks
-You can hide pretty much wherever you want in downtown Port Allegany, but please be respectful. Do not hide in an unsafe place or area where the finder could be in danger.
-Ideas for places to hide:
*JVB main and branch bank; inside and outside
*Town Square
*Main Street
*Port Freeze
*SW Smith Library
*VoTech Road
*PAES
*PAHS
-Do not hide inside retail stores or restaurants unless you have personally talked to a member of management and gotten the "ok."

Finding Rocks
-Please post your finds to this group! You may keep or rehide the rocks you find. It's up to the finder whether or not they want to keep or rehide. #PAPARocks

Other Stuff
-Vandalism will not be tolerated. Please do not paint any large rocks that are in a natural location or used for landscaping or decoration.
-Let's keep this project family friendly so please nothing vulgar or hateful. The purpose of this movement is to spread joy, kindness, and art through our community.

This group is for sharing painted rocks. Please do not try to sell anything in this group including rocks - painted or unpainted, paint supplies, artwork, art lessons, etc.”

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Love the shirt!! Love the smile!!

Beth Sigafoes said...

PAHS Class of 1987 held their 30th reunion on Saturday. We painted rocks and will hide them around Port today. Be watching for ours painted orange, black and white.