Junior rock project spreads ALA message in fun way

painted rocks

Each year, Junior members who attend the national Junior meetings held in conjunction with ALA Mission Training work on a service project to benefit our veterans, military, their families, and communities. 
A project this administrative year was similar to the Kindness Rocks initiative — take one when you need one, share one with a friend who needs some inspiration, or leave one for another. The idea is that one message at just the right moment can change your whole day and/or outlook on life. Participants place the kindness rocks around their communities for others to find. Sometimes, the rocks are picked up within hours.
Many rocks the Juniors painted this year added an ALA, patriotic twist like veteran-related messaging and red, white, and blue color choices or red poppies. 
Want to do this project at the unit or department level? Here’s what you need to know!
• 2" to 3" large painting rocks, flat and smooth natural river stones. 
• Paint markers in various colors and tip sizes.
• Spray gloss finish: three to four coats needed; do this in a well-ventilated area.

• Paint the rocks. Allow 30 minutes to dry. Consider drawing pictures or adding encouraging quotes onto the rocks.
• Spray them with gloss a few times.
• Set out around your community (e.g., your local library, city park, or other public locations) where the rocks will be visible to people walking by.
This is a fun, easy project for Junior members of all ages to do and is a great way to spread the American Legion Auxiliary message and mission. 

ALA Mission

In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.