LCVEF funds ‘Outdoor Kindness River’ at LMS

Sixth graders celebrate the rocks. From left are (front row) Elizabeth Hazell, DaNyiah Cofield, Auron Jones and Antonio Boyd; (next row) teacher Marilyn Sprouse, DaNasia Cofield, Chrissy Hudnall and Sarah Cooke.

The Lancaster County Virginia Educational Foundation (LCVEF) recently funded a grant to establish an “Outdoor Kindness River” at Lancaster Middle School (LMS), 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.

LMS art teacher Marilyn Sprouse saw a rock path of hand-painted fish inspired by the book Only One You by Linda Kranz sometime in 2017 on social media. Sprouse, who has painted rocks herself for years, wanted that path, she said.

“The art room is a safe chat zone and conversations about regional or global concerns have happened,” said Sprouse. “Easing stress of angst can begin with kindness. Today is a good day to walk the path of kindness by sharing a smile or nod, saying thank you, or simply holding a door for someone. Any act of kindness can cause joy for the giver as well as the receiver.”

With those thoughts swirling, Sprouse penned a grant request to LCVEF. She asked to create a river—a river of kindness….