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Painted rock initiative spreading peace in South Georgia

Families in Americus have worked to make the most out of this summer with a new hobby. (Source: WALB) Families in Americus have worked to make the most out of this summer with a new hobby. (Source: WALB)
It seems like just painting rocks and placing them around town for others to find. (Source: WALB) It seems like just painting rocks and placing them around town for others to find. (Source: WALB)
"My little one, who is 6, he asks almost every day, 'can we go find a rock?'" De Sears explained. (Source: WALB) "My little one, who is 6, he asks almost every day, 'can we go find a rock?'" De Sears explained. (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Families in Americus have worked to make the most out of this summer with a new hobby.

On the surface, it seems like just painting rocks and placing them around town for others to find.

VIDEO: Dropping rocks on #DropARockDay2017

However, when you dig a little deeper, "Schley/Sumter Rocks" is making a bigger impact.

"My little one, who is 6, he asks almost every day, 'can we go find a rock?'" De Sears explained.

Monday, Sears and her family, along with a couple other friends, hit the streets of Americus to "drop rocks."

"I thought it was a great opportunity to get families to work together," said Sears.

Back in May, she saw rock painting and hiding initiatives happening in cities around the country.

So, she decided to bring it to South Georgia.

"Our family has some creativity, some key word," said Cambelle, Sears' daughter.

Sears started this Facebook group called "Schley/Sumter Rocks," now with more than 1,000 members.

They hide a rock, then post a picture with a clue for others to find.

For Sears and her kids, it's more than just something to do.

"(It's) togetherness, for us, because we do do it together as a family."

It's also a way to express thanks to those who serve as well.

Sears' son placed a rock marked with an American flag at the GSW Public Safety Building, remembering the sacrifices of Officers Nick Smarr and Jody Smith, killed in the line of duty in December.

Monday was International Drop a Rock Day, which presented a chance to spread peace through this fun and family friendly activity.

To find out more about the initiative, join the Facebook group here.

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