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Jacks Valley students turn clay into kindness

Noah Garrison, 7, carefully poked holes around the edge of his Nevada-shaped clay piece on Thursday, with the hope that whomever finds his finished product will smile.

Jacks Valley Elementary School second-grade students decorated bells for the Partnership of Community Resource’s Ring in Kindness Project.

“I want to trace it to look like Nevada, and then I’m going to put a smiley face inside,” Noah said. “Whoever finds it might like the design I do. I think it will make them smile.”

In the last six years, hundreds of kindness bells have been hung twice a year all over Douglas County.

The bells completed on Thursday will be hung in the spring and again in November.

The purpose of the Ring in Kindness project is to spread kindness in the community through handmade pieces of art.

The bells are hung anonymously for others to find, keep or pass on to someone in need.

“I hung one on a fence on Buckeye Road and it was there for two weeks before it was found,” said Lorraine Felix of Felix Pottery. “It’s been a very successful project. It really touches people deeply. There’s one that was found and taken to Afghanistan.”

Teacher Tracie Moutrip said having her students decorate the bells was another way to reinforce what they have been studying all year.

“This is not about us, this is about spreading kindness,” she said when asked if the students could take the bells home with them.

Tony Olivarria, 8, pressed a shell into his clay for texture.

“I think it looks really nice with the ridges. It’s fun that we get to decorate the bells,” he said. “I think whoever finds it should keep it because it’s going to make them happy. Being kind can make the world a better place.”

Ally Mutoxen, 7, decorated her bell with stars and hearts.

“I want them to give it away because I like to spread kindness,” she said, “and it will be nice for other people to enjoy it.”

After smoothing out the edges of his bell, Sage Adie, 7, said he planned to sculpt a smiley face on his piece.

“It’s fun that we get to make clay. If you be kind, people will like you,” he said. “I think whoever finds my bell should keep it and hang it up at their house.”

The Nevada-shaped bell is in celebration of Nevada’s sesquicentennial.

Residents can get involved in the project by volunteering their time to create the clay pieces, paint or assemble the bells.

Participants meet 2:30-4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Partnership of Community Resources located at 1517 Church Street, Gardnerville.

For more information, call 782-8611.

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