HERKIMER — Don’t be surprised if you soon come across a "Kindness Rock."
Art students at Herkimer High School have been painting rocks with positive messages on them and will be placing them throughout the community.
"It’s a national movement," said Heather McCutcheon, art teacher and the arts-in-education coordinator for the Herkimer Central School District, about the "Kindness Rocks."
The rocks will be left with a card that reads "Show us where you put the rock next and tag #herkart" so those who come across the rocks can share photos of the rock on social media.
This is one way the school district is observing National Arts In Education Week, from Sept. 10 to 16. Herkimer schools were among the thousands of art organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate it.
McCutcheon said the students are also doing a social media takeover on the school district’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. They are using a Flipgrid video response — #BecauseOfArtsEd.
Passed by Congress in 2010, the week is when those in arts education join together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education.
About 40 high school students were also working on a collaborative project where each painted a strip of wood and strung them together. The piece will be hung somewhere in the school.
Arts education encompasses the fine arts, music, dance and theater. For more information, go to http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-topic/arts-education/national-arts-in-education-week.