Sioux Center library promotes rock group

Paola Bautista was one of about a dozen Sioux Center youth who spent an hour at the Sioux Center Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 6, painting rocks to support Sioux County Rocks.

SIOUX CENTER—One Facebook group wants to help Sioux County rock, and does so by encouraging random acts of kindness through painting rocks.

Tracy Phillips of Alton is the founder of the “Sioux County Rocks” Facebook page.

“It’s all about wanting to uplift people,” she said. “You never know who’s life you might be touching with a simple rock painted ‘you matter’ or ‘you’re awesome’ or has some fun design on it. There’s so much junk going on in the world today, this is something positive.”

Phillips started the group three years ago.

The rules are simple. Paint a rock, seal it and on the back write the words “Sioux County Rocks” or one of three hashtags: #SiouxCountyPR #iowapaintedrocks #scpr.

Finders of the rock are encouraged to post a picture of the rock on the Sioux County Rocks Facebook page, including the location of where the rock was found.

Finders may then keep the rock or hide them randomly throughout parks, city benches or anywhere you choose.

“All we ask is that anyone who keeps a rock, paint and hide another one to keep the fun going,” Phillips said. “The best part — all ages can participate, you could use whatever you have to decorate the rock and rocks are free so just creativity is needed. There’s no cost.”

Phillips said pictures of rocks have been posted from Orange City, Alton, Boyden and Rock Valley. She saw the first Sioux Center-based rock appear within the past week thanks to about a dozen Sioux Center youth who spent an hour at the Sioux Center Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 6, painting rocks to support Sioux County Rocks.

The rock found in Sioux Center had been placed by someone’s door.

“It’s a random act of kindness,” Philips said. “That’s super awesome.”