THREE LAKES - Art teachers constantly strive to think of projects that will let students explore their creativity. Three Lakes Elementary School students are getting to work on something that will end up displayed far beyond their parent's refrigerators.
"I've had my class send letters, notes, nothing as big as this before," said Three Lakes Third Grade Teacher Jessica Noe.
Noe's father is deployed in Kuwait, working at the emergency room on his base.
"In the hospital when you enter they have a rock garden, it was looking a bit shabby apparently," said Noe.
That's where the Three Lakes Elementary students come in.
"When we first introduced this project, every time I came here and had art class they were asking me 'When are we painting our rocks? When are we painting our rocks,'" said Art Teacher Erin Wallschlaeger.
Noe partnered with Wallschlaeger to have all the elementary students paint rocks to send over to the military hospital.
"Even though a hospital is not a very fun place to be it will still just bring a lot of joy to the people that are there," said student Libby Eppler.
"It's really cool that we can send them so far and that it will make people happy," said student Lizzie Boogren.
Noe's father is already looking forward to seeing the finished products.
"He is all about sending us a video once they get over there and just his unit in general is excited to have so much support and participation," said Noe.
The students are simply glad to have a way to give that support.
"It's our way of showing our thanks for serving our country," said student Tommy Wallschlaeger.
A simple thank you, that will go a long way.
"I think it's great that a small community like this can have such a big effect so far away," said Erin Wallschlaeger.
"I never thought I'd do something like this," said Eppler. "Even though it's so small, it's still something pretty big."
The school hopes to be able to send the rocks by Valentine's day.