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Violence prevention office offers community rock painting

painted rocks are displayed

Painted rocks are displayed at the first monthly “Our Community Rocks” event at Bennies on Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, May 13, 2021. As rocks are completed, they will be dispersed around the base by Ruth Moore, Schriever AFB School Liaison Officer and the base spouses group. (Courtesy photo)

painted rocks are displayed

Schriever Air Force Base personnel paint rocks at the “Our Community Rocks” event at Bennies on Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, May 13, 2021. The idea originated when Jessica Ditson, Schriever AFB violence prevention integrator, realized that painting and spreading rocks around base would be a good way to engage the community at Schriever AFB. (Courtesy photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The Schriever Air Force Base Violence Prevention Office hosted the first “Our Community Rocks” event at Schriever AFB, Colorado, May 13, 2021.

The monthly event provides a fun activity to do with friends and family by gathering and painting rocks together, then dispersing them around base.

“It creates a reason to spend time walking around, being observant and connecting with loved-ones,” said Jessica Ditson, Schriever AFB violence prevention integrator. “They can go on a rock hunt or they can create some rocks to add to the hunt.”

The idea for “Our Community Rocks” originated when Ditson stumbled across a children’s book centering on bonding and collaboration with others.

“The story is super cute for kids ages 3-8. The moral of the story is that by working together and being creative we can spread happiness,” Ditson said.

Ditson will send the book to the Child Development Center to garner interest among Schriever youth.

As rocks are completed, they will be dispersed around base by Ruth Moore, Schriever AFB school liaison officer and the spouses group.

“The goal is to have [painted rocks] around the CDC, parks, housing and trails on Schriever,” said Ditson.

Anyone with base access, including military spouses, active duty, guard and reserve members and civilians are encouraged to participate in creating and spreading the community rocks.

Future dates for the group painting sessions are June 17 and July 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event is held at Bennie’s in a Restricted Area on base and will require an RA badge or an escort to enter.

If unable to attend a future painting session, stay involved in by painting a rock at home, and on the back write the hashtags #719Rocks, #SchrieverRocks or #50thForceSupportSquadron. Send photos of rocks to Ditson at Jessica.ditson.1@us.af.mil.

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