Hidden treasures of kindness


By Carol Marsh - DarkeCountyMedia.com



(Left to right) Aktion club members Chloe Brodrick, Mary Anne Whittaker, and sister, Alyssa, concentrate on painting during the “Kindness Rocks” event which happened Tuesday, June 30, sponsored by the Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club and Darke County’s We Are the Majority.

(Left to right) Aktion club members Chloe Brodrick, Mary Anne Whittaker, and sister, Alyssa, concentrate on painting during the “Kindness Rocks” event which happened Tuesday, June 30, sponsored by the Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club and Darke County’s We Are the Majority.


Carol Marsh | Darke County Media

Greenville artist Peggy Goodpaster, also known locally as “the rock-painting lady,” sits with young WATM artist Trevor Evans at the Greenville City Park outdoor shelter during Tuesday’s “Kindness Rocks” event, where local youth gathered to decorate and distribute colorful rocks to beautify the grounds — and make someone’s day brighter.


Carol Marsh | Darke County Media

WATM artists are smiling and ready to paint “kindness rocks” which will be hidden around the Greenville City Park and surrounding area. Pictured (left to right) are: Bodee Fourman, Riley Thomas, Payton Fourman, WATM Leader Kelly Harrison, and Lucy Gettinger.


Carol Marsh | Darke County Media

Colored “kindness rocks” including these, painted by local artist Peggy Goodpaster, await those who seek and find them around the Greenville City Park. When discovering one of these “hidden treasures,” residents are asked to send a note or tag a selfie to Facebook at Darke DD.


Carol Marsh | Darke County Media

The Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club and members of Darke County’s We Are the Majority teamed up to paint and distribute “kindness rocks” which can be found in and around the Greenville City Park.


Carol Marsh | Darke County Media

GREENVILLE — Sometimes, finding a few “hidden treasures” can lift our spirits and restore a sense of childlike wonder to the rigmarole of daily life. This week, two local youth organizations teamed up to beautify Greenville City Park and hopefully, make someone’s day a little brighter in the process.

On Tuesday, June 30, members of the Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club and Darke County’s We Are the Majority met at the Greenville City Park’s outdoor shelter for a morning of art, fun, and friendship, Even though the summer temperatures were hot and humid, enthusiasm and creativity were celebrated by all in attendance.

Joined by local Greenville artists, Peggy Goodpaster and Terry Robbins, Aktion Club and We Are the Majority decorated each rock with bright colors, words of kindness, and a special message on the bottom.

Goodpaster, who retired in 2019 from the Greenville City Schools Guidance Office and is well-known around town as the “Rock Painting Lady,” invited summer camp participants to choose a rock, study its shape and size, pick up a brush, and imagine something fun to paint on it. Robbins, also locally known for her colorful, artistic face-painting designs at First Friday events downtown, helped camp artists see each rock as a “mini-canvas” upon which to compose an inspiring message or create an uplifting picture.

“It’s your own creativity,” said Goodpaster. “Paint something that would make someone smile when they pick it up…really brighten their day!”

Aktion Club also wish to encourage residents with messages of kindness – part of their club’s theme for 2021, ‘Kindness Matters.’ Each rock has a note on the bottom which reads: “Find Us on Facebook at Darke DD. Take a picture and Tag Us. Keep Me or Re-hide me. Have Fun and Be Kind.”

“In keeping with the Kiwanis family organization’s focus of serving the children of the world, Aktion Club members thought it would be fun to paint rocks with messages of kindness,” said Sue Huston, co-advisor of the Greenville Aktion Club. “It is great to be working together with We Are the Majority.”

With each newfound “hidden treasure,” the Aktion Club hopes to connect with the community in a positive, innovative way. Sue Huston and Cheryl Pressly, employed by Darke DD, co-advise the club, which formed in 2016 and currently has 52 members.

Darke County’s We Are the Majority were excited to participate in the project, which supports its mission to encourage and provide leadership opportunities for Darke County youth.

“We appreciate any opportunity to partner with other like-minded organizations,” said Kelly Harrison, Darke County’s We Are the Majority. “We are very fortunate to be able to connect with Sue Huston and the Greenville Aktion Club. The theme of kindness is important because we definitely need more of it in this world.”

Harrison, a prevention specialist at Recovery and Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio, helped organize the Darke County chapter of We Are the Majority in 2016, an after-school leadership program that encourages young people to live drug, alcohol and tobacco-free lives, and is open to open to all Darke County high school and middle school students. Throughout the school year, WATM has chapters at Tri-Village, Greenville, Franklin Monroe, Versailles, Ansonia and Mississinawa Valley schools.

WATM Summer Fundays are still available with activities and pool time. To connect with We Are the Majority, or learn more about the upcoming Majority events, find them on Facebook, or call Kelly Harrison, Ashley Stonerock, or Julia McCullough, via the Recovery and Wellness Center at 937-548-6842.

To find out more about the Greenville Kiwanis, or the Aktion Club, contact Sue Huston, Darke DD, at 937-459-4629.

(Left to right) Aktion club members Chloe Brodrick, Mary Anne Whittaker, and sister, Alyssa, concentrate on painting during the “Kindness Rocks” event which happened Tuesday, June 30, sponsored by the Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club and Darke County’s We Are the Majority.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/07/web1_Painting-Rocks.jpg(Left to right) Aktion club members Chloe Brodrick, Mary Anne Whittaker, and sister, Alyssa, concentrate on painting during the “Kindness Rocks” event which happened Tuesday, June 30, sponsored by the Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club and Darke County’s We Are the Majority. Carol Marsh | Darke County Media

Greenville artist Peggy Goodpaster, also known locally as “the rock-painting lady,” sits with young WATM artist Trevor Evans at the Greenville City Park outdoor shelter during Tuesday’s “Kindness Rocks” event, where local youth gathered to decorate and distribute colorful rocks to beautify the grounds — and make someone’s day brighter.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/07/web1_Peggy-helping-paint.jpgGreenville artist Peggy Goodpaster, also known locally as “the rock-painting lady,” sits with young WATM artist Trevor Evans at the Greenville City Park outdoor shelter during Tuesday’s “Kindness Rocks” event, where local youth gathered to decorate and distribute colorful rocks to beautify the grounds — and make someone’s day brighter. Carol Marsh | Darke County Media

WATM artists are smiling and ready to paint “kindness rocks” which will be hidden around the Greenville City Park and surrounding area. Pictured (left to right) are: Bodee Fourman, Riley Thomas, Payton Fourman, WATM Leader Kelly Harrison, and Lucy Gettinger.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/07/web1_WAM-painting-rocks.jpgWATM artists are smiling and ready to paint “kindness rocks” which will be hidden around the Greenville City Park and surrounding area. Pictured (left to right) are: Bodee Fourman, Riley Thomas, Payton Fourman, WATM Leader Kelly Harrison, and Lucy Gettinger. Carol Marsh | Darke County Media

Colored “kindness rocks” including these, painted by local artist Peggy Goodpaster, await those who seek and find them around the Greenville City Park. When discovering one of these “hidden treasures,” residents are asked to send a note or tag a selfie to Facebook at Darke DD.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/07/web1_Colorful-Rocks.jpgColored “kindness rocks” including these, painted by local artist Peggy Goodpaster, await those who seek and find them around the Greenville City Park. When discovering one of these “hidden treasures,” residents are asked to send a note or tag a selfie to Facebook at Darke DD. Carol Marsh | Darke County Media

The Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club and members of Darke County’s We Are the Majority teamed up to paint and distribute “kindness rocks” which can be found in and around the Greenville City Park.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/07/web1_Group-photo-with-rocks-2-.jpgThe Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club and members of Darke County’s We Are the Majority teamed up to paint and distribute “kindness rocks” which can be found in and around the Greenville City Park. Carol Marsh | Darke County Media

By Carol Marsh

DarkeCountyMedia.com

Carol Marsh covers community interest stories and handles obituaries for Darke County Media. Have an event to share? She can be contacted by email at cmarsh@aimmediamidwest.com or by phone at 937-569-4314.

Carol Marsh covers community interest stories and handles obituaries for Darke County Media. Have an event to share? She can be contacted by email at cmarsh@aimmediamidwest.com or by phone at 937-569-4314.