Spreading Positivity and Kindness at
Colonial Elementary

Last month, Pelham Girl Scout Troop #2286 and the Colonial Class of 2022 joined forces to create and contribute a “Kindness Rock Garden” to Colonial’s new outdoor classroom space. The goal of the rock garden is to spread positivity and kindness throughout the school and community at-large.


“We hope other students will see this garden and begin to spread more kindness in our community,” said Troop #2286 member and recent Colonial 5th grade graduate Lexi Cullen. “Also, if someone isn’t feeling well mentally, they can go there and see that someone cares.”

A true collaboration, the custom raised garden bed was built by the 5th grade Girl Scout Troop under the guidance of Troop Leader Annette McCann and Colonial mom and neighbor Stephanie Kaplan. Ms. Preston, Colonial’s art teacher, led the entire 5th grade in the creation of inspiring and kind hand-painted rocks, which fill the structure with color and positivity.


One message at just the right moment can change someone’s entire day, outlook, life. 


“I am so proud of Troop #2286 for first recognizing the need for such a garden in their school and community, said Ms. McCann. “Then for thoughtfully bringing this meaningful project to life, leading from start to finish, and earning the distinguished Girl Scout Bronze Award.” 




Photo 1: Pelham Girl Scout Troop #2286 with troop leader, Annette McCann, led the Kindness Rock Garden project at Colonial Elementary to earn a Bronze Service Award. 


Photo 2: The Kindness Rock Garden at Colonial Elementary.

Photo 3: The 5th grade graduating Class of 2022 at Colonial Elementary painted and messaged rocks to fill the garden.


Photo 4: Colonial parent, Stephanie Kaplan, assisted Girl Scouts Iris Kaplan and Annie Shannon in building the rock garden structure.