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Painted rocks on a positive roll

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Spencerville's little rockstars: Kaelen Rainville, 6 and his brother Chase, 8, turned a March break project into a way to bring joy to local residents. The two boys left their cheery painted rocks out on local streets for others to find. JOURNAL PHOTO/BU

SPENCERVILLE - Some parents are finding it hard to keep their children busy during this extended March break, but one family has found a way to have some fun while bringing smiles to their neighbours.

Chase Rainville, eight, and his brother Kaelen, six, were looking for something to do with their newly-found free time when their mom made a novel suggestion. Melissa Rainville decided to get them busy with some artistic projects they could share with everyone.

The original idea was to gather some nice, flat rocks and paint cheerful messages and pictures. They decided to leave them in various spots around Spencerville's main street. They thought of it as a treasure hunt for whoever came along, and left a note asking the finders to take a picture and drop them a line on Facebook.

"It's a great way to get the kids outside and keep them busy," says Rainville. "We wanted to do something nice for local people and businesses to let them know we appreciate them."

The four Rainvilles, including dad Pete, only moved from the Ottawa area to Spencerville last fall. They found a house right in the middle of the town and have fallen hard for small-town life.

The amazing part of her story is that she didn't know other families were already doing these "kindness rocks" in communities all over Canada. She and her boys came up with their idea (literally) around the kitchen table and felt it would bring smiles to those around them.

And it worked. Mom says she has had lots of folks calling and saying they found the rocks and asking for more. The boys are busy painting again and people in Spencerville can look for new ones in the weeks to come.

It may be an extra-long recess from school, but the Rainville family isn't taking a break from letting their new community know they care.

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