Nichols teacher Rebecca Tanner is calling all Nichols Elementary students and parents out to the park Thursday for some rock painting fun aimed at spreading peace and love.

MIAMI - Peace, love, and rocks.

Inspired by colleagues in Wyandotte, Nichols Elementary educator Rebecca Tanner has brought the "Peace Love Rocks" art initiative to her student cluster to help spread the fun and community spirit.

Overlapping into the summer break, Tanner is now calling all Nichols Elementary students and parents out to Riverview Park in Miami Thursday, June 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for some rock painting fun aimed at spreading peace and love.

Tanner will have paint, brushes, and rocks on hand but welcomes donations of extra Indoor/Outdoor paint.

"I will provide the rocks, paint, and brushes!" Tanner wrote in a post on Facebook. "However, if you want to bring a couple of bottles of INDOOR/OUTDOOR paint from the craft department at Walmart it would be greatly appreciated!!! They are less than a dollar a bottle!!!" 

All soon-to-be, current, and 2017 graduated Nichols students and their families are invited. For questions, those interested can call Tanner at 918-325-3287.

Spreading the Joy

The way the ongoing project works is Nichols students decorate rocks and hide them around town and even when traveling. Each uniquely decorated rock waits in its hiding place to be discovered, serving as a reminder of the good things in life through a bit of whimsy. 

A small printed messaged is glued to the back of the rocks encouraging the finder to share their discovery on Facebook with the group "Nichols Rocks" a page Tanner set up with the help of daughter chronicling the creation and subsequent adventures of her student's painted rocks. 

The message then invites the finder to either keep or re-hide the rock.

Most recently, painted rocks by Nichols students have been discovered in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and even Brooklyn New York.