Image of GASA Students Painting Rocks

Center Elementary School’s Gator All-Star Academy (GASA) students recently enjoyed a fun learning afternoon by painting Camp Rocks as a reward for their hard work.  GASA is our after-school tutoring and enrichment program, which offers students an intense tutoring session in addition to a fun enrichment block.  Mrs. Nancy Perry, the founder of Camp Rocks, visited with Center’s students and shared about Camp Rocks, which was founded in memory of her grandson, Camp Tatum.

The goal of Camp Rocks is to spread awareness of childhood cancer to our community and to support the families of children who are diagnosed with cancer. Camp Rocks are ordinary rocks transformed into extraordinary treasures that are painted with encouraging messages and then hidden where others will find them. When someone finds a Camp Rock, they take a selfie with the rock, post it on social media using the hashtag #camprocks4kids, and then hide it again to continue the fun.

GASA students learned about Camp and received two rocks to paint - one to keep and one to hide or give away to uplift someone else. Center Elementary GASA’s staff appreciates Mrs. Perry visiting with our school and students.  If any other community organization or business would like to partner with Center and/or our GASA Afterschool program, then please reach out to the GASA Afterschool Coordinators, Mrs. Joyce Arnold and Mrs. Shelly Cox, at (912) 287-2366.