NCL Aggieland creates hand-painted rock river in front of Scotty’s House

The art installation features superheroes, TV characters and inspirational messages.
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:41 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - As a way to give back during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Charity League Aggieland Chapter picked up some rocks and paint to brighten little kids’ day.

NCL is made up of mothers and daughters ranging from 7th grade to seniors in high school, who’s main purpose is to support local charities. Together, they hand-painted hundreds of rocks as characters from TV shows, superheroes, and inspirational messages.

NCL Aggieland President Kara Holmgreen says they wanted to do something to give back during COVID-19 that was more than just donating goods. So, they came up with the idea for a colorful rock river to place in the front of Scotty’s House.

Scotty’s House is a Bryan child advocacy program that handles children and families who have experienced abuse.

Saturday, 15 members came out and installed the rocks after a year of painting them. Scotty’s House Executive Director Cary Baker says this new installation is a special way to brighten up a child’s day.

“It is just a wonderful piece to really brighten up our facility, and it is something that is just so fun,” said Baker. “I hope to see kids out here looking for their favorite character, their favorite superhero, mickey mouse.”

Holmgreen says they are planning on finishing up the rock river soon, so it can make it all the way to the front walkway.

“With this project it was really easy for the girls to see that, ‘hey I am painting a message or character that a little kid knows and recognizes and maybe they will pick up my rock when they come to the rock garden, and maybe it will make them feel better about what is going in in their lives.,’” said Holmgreen.

To join the Aggieland chapter of NCL, you can visit their Facebook page here. They begin recruitment in the Fall.

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