Kelso middle school students paint rocks to honor veterans

Photo provided by the Kelso School District.

COWLITZ COUNTY, WA (KPTV) – Middle school students are honoring veterans through their artwork in Kelso and Longview.

The leadership class at Huntington Middle School scattered 50 painted rocks throughout the area, asking people to look for, photograph, and share images of the rocks on social media this month.

“Impacted by stories they heard from veterans and their experiences coming back after serving, our students wanted the entire community to think more about our veterans and their place in our community,” Katie Ahola, teacher and leadership advisor, said.

Each rock is painted by a student and includes designs of American flags, yellow ribbons, camouflage, red poppies, and more, according to the Kelso School District. Students placed the rocks in and around school campuses, grocery stores, coffee shops, and other walking locations.

“When someone finds a rock, we are asking them to take a picture of the rock itself, or of them with the rock and share it on social media with the hashtag #HMSRockChallenge,” Ahola said. “Then, people can choose to keep the rock, re-locate it, or they can gift it to a veteran they know.”

According to Ahola, the students hope the rocks will create "a ripple of appreciation for veterans."

People who find the rocks are also asked to tag the middle school on social media.

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