FUN for FRIDAY! #4: You ROCK!

| February 19, 2010 | 0 Comments


When I was a freshman in high school I was on the pom squad.

We only had 2 competitions but after the first our coach gave us a tiny bear that she tied a ribbon around with a nice note.  It wasn’t anything fancy but I saved that bear for years… who knows… it may still be in a box in my basement somewhere!

Knowing how much I treasured that small gift, when I began coaching I made a point of giving my students gifts as well.

Without “breaking the bank” I tried to give them a little something at key points in the season – their first show, championships, the banquet.

Growing up I had a “crafty” mother… she was (and still is) constantly making things, crocheting, sewing.

She taught me when I was small that a well-thought-out handmade gift can make a big impression.  Certainly with my students I found they were always so shocked and appreciative when I gave them something handmade because they knew I had spent my own time, outside of rehearsal, thinking about them and making something for them.

Hey… it’s not for everyone… but I think it’s fun!

So this week’s FUN idea is a project I did for my guard way back in 2002 to let them know that I thought they ROCKED!

Before I go on I want to say that I did NOT create those cute, adorable little anime’ style guard girls you see in the rock pics.  AND for the life of me I can not find them on the internet ANYWHERE… Back in 2002 they were a popular guard clipart posted on a website somewhere… I think it was a student website… and it may be long gone.  Through extensive google searching I cannot locate them.  But if anyone knows who created these guard cuties I would love to give them the proper credit so please let me know.

All I did was find some big rocks, paint them with acrylic paint from the craft store (I did a base coat and then sponged a lighter color over it)… I free-hand copied the little guardie (which were favorites of my students that year), drew a flag with the phrase “You Rock” and painted the students’s name on the back.  You could also paint a clear acrylic layer over to protect it from scratching.  It probably took 2 hours to complete the whole set and they dried overnight.

And it was a huge hit!

So – that’s it!  That’s the fun idea this week.  You don’t have to draw a fancy character – even a plain rock that says “you rock” hand painted by you is SURE to make a big impression.  If you know your students’ favorite colors I bet they’d love you forever!  :)

It’s inexpensive but sure to be a keepsake!

Here’s a link to a website with instructions for how to paint rocks:

“What You Need to Get Started Painting Rocks”

And here are some pics of some of the other rocks I painted way back when.

Cristal's Rock

Erin's Rock

Kristin's Rock

Tracy's Rock

All The Rocks


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Category: "DIY", For Fun!, Fun for Friday!, Team Management, Teambuilding

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Catina Anderson is the founder/editor of the Colorguard Educators blog. Color guard has been part of her life for almost 25 years. She began coaching in 1994 and worked with the Broad Run High School color guard in Northern VA from 1998 until 2010. She has also written for Halftime Magazine and served on the Executive Board of the Atlantic Indoor Association. A former teacher, she enjoys sharing what she has learned and hopes to encourage others to share as well. Together we can create even more positive experiences for performers and help to collectively strengthen marching arts activities worldwide.

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