Saratoga County girl spreads smiles with stones

July 13, 2017 07:13 PM

BURNT HILLS - She's not even 8 years old yet, but Stella Kibler is responsible for a movement.

"I like to make people smile," explains Kibler with a toothless smile.

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The soon-to-be third grader introduced the Kindness Rocks project to her home town of Burnt Hills. It started with a few rocks from her back yard that she painted and wrote messages on and then left, anonymously, for friends and neighbors. But it's grown in the past week and Stella's up to 50 kindness rocks that she now leaves in public places, for complete strangers.

"We hide these rocks all around and people will randomly find them and put a smile on her face," adds Stella's mom, Kodi, who hesitantly created a Facebook page for the Kindness Rocks Project.  Other families eagerly joined and now Kindness Rocks are being created and hunted by countless others in Burnt Hills and neighboring Ballston Spa and Scotia.

"I got really excited and thought that was really cool," laughed Stella.

The library, schools and even an ice cream shop are favorite places for stowing the stones. But random acts of kindness - like the rocks - can be found anywhere. 

"There are tons of different ways to make people smile and be kind to people, I think that's important," said Kodi.

Lessons in joy, both receiving and giving, courtesy of Stella.

"Whenever I want, I can go outside, collect rocks and start painting."


Abigail Bleck

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