There are two rocks in front of our school that you can paint to celebrate a birthday or other event. One rock is in front of the elementary drop off loop and the other is on the corner of Main St. and School St.
Spirit Rock Rules
Payment due at time of reservation.
Paint ONLY the side that has previously been painted.
Use a drop cloth to protect the surrounding ground.
Paint a rock free for a teacher's birthday!
Begin painting no earlier than 4pm the day before your reserved day.
Please read the FAQ's below.
Painting the rock for a teacher? It's FREE! Just note that you're painting it for a staff or teacher birthday when you make the reservation and you don't have to pay for the rental.
Spirit Rock Steps
Step 1. RESERVE THE DATE YOU WANT
Use our SignUp to reserve the day(s) you want.
NOTE: Your 24 hour rental starts at 4pm the day prior to your rental. If your child's birthday is August 15th, reserve August 15th and you may begin painting AFTER 4pm on August 14.
Step 2: PAY FOR YOUR RESERVATION
Payment is due when the reservation is made. Your reservation could be removed if payment is not received in a timely manner. This is to keep it fair for all Falcon families. The rate is $20/day for the school year and $10/day for the summer.
Please choose below to make payment.
*High school rock NOW AVAILABLE!
Spirit Rock FAQ's
What is a "Spirit Rock"?A Spirit Rock is an opportunity to share exciting events with our school community by painting your own message. You can reserve the rocks for anything!! A student’s birthday, thank a teacher or staff member, congratulatory events, good luck on competitions and tournaments, recognizing milestones. The rock is a fun way to spread any kind of positive message. Please note that profanity, political messages, and business advertisements are not permitted.
How can I rent the rock(s)?It’s simple, just go to our SignUp and reserve the actual date you want. You may begin painting at 4 pm on the day prior to your reservation. So if your event is September 10, rent the rock for September 10 and you can begin painting on September 9 at 4 pm. Please respect the family before you and do not paint earlier than 4 pm.
How much does it cost to rent the rock and how do I pay?
PAYMENT IS DUE AT THE TIME OF RESERVATION. Daily rates are $20 ($10 for the summer). You may reserve multiple days consecutively. 100% of your donation goes to Amherst PTO. Payments are accepted through a payment link (credit card) on the signup. Your rental will be removed if payment is not received in a timely matter.
If you're painting the rock to celebrate a teacher or other staff member, the rock can be reserved for zero cost. Just note in the reservation that its a staff birthday or event.
What supplies do I need?
Plan on using 2-3 cans of spray paint for the base coat and then additional paint for the design. You will need to bring drop cloths or garbage bags to protect the ground from overspray and may also want to bring painters tape, scissors, templates, or brushes to aid in the design as well. Please make sure that any nearby cars will not be hit by overspray!!!
ONLY the Rock may be painted. DO NOT paint the sidewalk or the landscape rocks or any other material surrounding the rock. The individual or group will be held financially responsible for cleaning and/or repair costs associated with violation of this policy. Anyone painting the rock must leave the area in clean condition. Remove all paint materials and litter from the site and be sure the paint is disposed of properly off-campus.
ONLY the one side of the rock may be painted. We love that you want to paint more but it makes more work for the person painting after you to have to buy extra paint to cover your design.
The individual or group painting the rock assumes liability for any individual or member of the group who may be injured and/or incur clothing or other personal property damage. Please be kind to our environment and recycle empty paint cans, etc.
When can I paint my rock?
You can start painting the day before your reservation at 4pm. If weather or something else prevents you from painting the night before, you can paint during the school day if you are extra careful about paint overspray and nearby parked cars.
We are not doing weekend rentals so if you rent a rock for a Monday, you can paint anytime over the weekend (after 4pm Friday).
What can I reserve the rock(s) for?
You can reserve the rocks for anything!! A student’s birthday, thank a teacher or staff member, congratulatory events, good luck on competitions and tournaments, recognizing milestones… The rock is a fun way to spread any kind of positive message. Please note that profanity, political, and business advertising messages are not permitted.
Spirit Rock paintings MUST be in good taste. Amherst Staff and PTO will regularly monitor the Spirit Rock to ensure that paintings fall within the above-established guidelines. PTO has the right to remove any painting deemed inappropriate by school administration without notice to those who painted the rock.
What if I reserve the rock and the weather is bad?The rock can be towel dried and the paint will adhere even in the rain and/or snow if you want to brave the elements. If painting in the rain or snow is not your thing, revisit the calendar and reserve the next available date and email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of the date change. We can also move your reservation for you.
Can the PTO paint the rock for me?
The PTO is not responsible for painting the rock. You can find someone to paint it for you, but painting the rock is fun, and we are sure that no matter what you do, the person you are painting it for will love it.
You can contact one of the following people to paint it for you. They set their own rates and are not included in the rental fee. Contact the PTO if you want your name added to this list.