Kids help build community kindness |

Kids help build community kindness

Third graders at Meneley Elementary recently spent time creating unique beads and themed clay pieces for inclusion in “Ring in Kindness” bells, a project of the Minden-based Partnership of Community Resources. This is the second year Meneley third graders have engaged in the community service project, which is intended to “bring people together and inspire kindness in Douglas County.”

Volunteers of all ages are invited to meet at the PCR building the second Tuesday of every month to contribute to the bells. There, they’ll create and paint clay pieces that are then fired in a kiln and incorporated into the bells. Once enough bells are assembled, volunteers place them at random locations throughout the Carson Valley. Anyone who finds a bell can either choose to keep it or pass it on to someone in need of a little extra love.

“Our school teaches social emotional learning to our students; being kind and thinking of others is part of that,” said third grade teacher Krystal Koontz. “‘Ring in Kindness’ gives the kids an opportunity to think of others above themselves, to show kindness, and lets them experience a sense of community. The students enjoyed creating and knowing that what they created would bring joy to others.”

The theme for the bells changes every year. Past bells have included a cupcake, a heart, and a Nevada-shaped clay piece in honor of the state Sesquicentennial. The 2016 theme is a dancing bear to help raise awareness of the increased bear activity in our area, according to pottery artist and project facilitator Lorraine Felix.

The Partnership of Community Resources is located at 1517 Church Street in Gardnerville. For more information about the services they offer, go to, or call 782-8611.

Summertime reading at the library

Visit the Douglas County Public Library in Minden tomorrow, for their “First Saturday Family Movies” series. This month’s feature is, “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles.” The movie is rated G and will be shown at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room. This event is free, and complimentary popcorn will be served.

While there, kids ages 0-11 can sign up for the 2016 summertime reading program, “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” Teens ages 12-17 can sign up for the “Get in the Game” summertime reading program. Both programs run through July 30. Online registration forms can be found at if you prefer to fill the form out at home and bring it in. Both the Minden and Zephyr Cove branches of the library are offering this program.

The Minden Library is located at 1625 Library Lane. To learn more about the library’s summer programs (including special events, story time in the park, LEGO building challenge, and reading prizes) visit their website, find them on Facebook and Twitter, or call 782-9841.

Amy Roby can be reached at