A group of Marlborough Cadette Girl Scouts proposed a unique project to the Town Board at Monday nights meeting.
“We have an idea to add a Kindness Rock Garden at the beautiful Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park. We think this will help to make our community even more amazing,” one of the scouts said.
The Cadettes told the board a message they have often heard from their scout leaders: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” These 6th and 7th graders said, “It is an important message that is more easily said than done. We’ve also heard many people choose not to be kind...in the classroom, in the halls, at lunch, through a text message, on social media, at the store, while driving, on television, in the news and on the playground. We’re learning that life brings us all beautiful moments and balances them with challenging ones.”
The Cadettes said words and deeds are very powerful and can make others feel they are “on top of the world” or bring a person “lower than we can imagine.” They said they would like to be a part of the greater good and spread messages of kindness and inspiration by joining the Kindness Rocks Project.
The Kindness Rocks Project is a national program, “that spreads thoughtful messages of kindness, hope and inspiration through painted rocks. It was founded by Megan Murphy, a women’s empowerment coach, business manager, kindness activist, meditation instructor and lecturer. One day in 2015 she wrote “You’ve Got This” on a rock and left it on a beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts where she lives. A friend found it, which spurred Murphy on to leave more rocks with inspirational messages for others to find. A friend and artist Alice Brooks, of Alice’s Restaurant fame, was also leaving rocks to be found and in short order a movement sprang forth.
The Cadettes will be collecting finished rocks throughout the fall and winter and plan to have a table at the fall Bounty Festival and at the Holiday Extravaganza where people can create their own messages on assorted rocks. The Cadettes worked on a location with Supervisor Al Lanzetta and Dave Zambito [who donated the rocks] and settled on creating a rock garden inside the fencing within the playground. The Town Board gave the Cadettes permission to create their special rock garden in the town park next spring.