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AMES Spirit Rock

The purpose of the Spirit Rock is to promote school spirit at Arnold Mill Elementary School. Parents, caregivers, students & staff have the opportunity to “Rent the Rock” to recognize a student’s birthday, show school spirit, thank or recognize a teacher or staff member, mark congratulatory events, etc. It is a great way to spread positive messages and increase excitement in our community! 100% of the funds raised through the Spirit Rock will be used by the PTA for school beautification and other activities for the benefit of our students and school.


 How can I Rent the Rock?
1)  You can reserve a date for the AMES Spirit Rock online at

2) Next, pay for your rock rental at


How much does it cost to rent the rock and how do I pay?
It is $10 to rent the AMES Spirit Rock. 100% of your donation goes back to AMES PTA. Payments must be made through the online store at

Payment must be received within 2 business days of signing up, or your date will be forfeited!


What supplies do I need?
You will typically need two to three cans of spray paint for the base coat and additional paint for your design. For more intricate designs, craft paint, foam brushes and even stencils work great.  Only paint may be used - glue, glitter, or applications of other items are not allowed.


What can I reserve the rock 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 and political messages are not permitted.


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 pick the next available date.


Can the AMES PTA paint the rock for me?
AMES and/or AMES PTA 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.

Check out artists who have painted the rock in the past: 



What if the rock is already reserved on the date I want?
Rock reservations are on a first come, first served basis so make your reservations NOW!! If the date you want is already reserved, choose the next available date, either before or after.


What if I’m painting the rock and someone shows up thinking they reserved it?
If this happens, please contact Kelly Greenwalt at

AMES Spirit Rock Guidelines

*By reserving a date, you agree to adhere to the below-mentioned guidelines.


STEP ONE:  Reserve the Rock at

STEP TWO:  Pay for your rental at



We ask for your assistance in following these guidelines:


- Reservations MUST be made in order to paint the Spirit Rock. (See STEP ONE above)
- Reservations open at the beginning of the school year.
-Reserving the Spirit Rock is $10. Payment must be received within 2 business days of signing up or your signup date will be forfeited. All payments and reservations are non-refundable for any reason (changed your mind, inclement weather, etc). However, if you decide you do not want your   date, you can offer it to a friend or sell it to another family—you must update this information on Sign-Up Genius.
-Paint and painting supplies are not provided by the school or PTA.

- Only paint may be used - glitter, glue, or application of other items is not allowed

- Only the front (road facing) side of the rock is for rent - the back of the rock is reserved for school and PTA use
-Only one person per day may reserve the Spirit Rock.
-Reservations must be made by a parent or teacher on behalf of a student or student group. Calls cannot be made to the front office for reservation   purposes.
-Once reserved, you will have the rock for 24 hours beginning at 3:00 PM the day before. For example, if you reserve the rock for September 15th, you’ll   have the Spirit Rock beginning at 3:00 PM on September 14th through 3:00 PM on September 15th.
-The area around the Spirit Rock must be left neat and tidy and paint-free - no trash may be left. ONLY the front side (road-facing) of the Rock may be painted. DO NOT paint the grass or any other material surrounding the Rock. Please use a plastic tarp or other covering to protect the mulch 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.
-Reminders for reservations will not be sent by the school or PTA.
-All rules as outlined in the CCSD Code of Student Conduct MUST be obeyed. No exceptions. (No bullying, profanity, obscenity, or derogatory language.)

Tips & Tricks

- If you reserved the Rock, but can’t remember the date you reserved, you can click on the sign up genius link at STEP ONE above
- The most popular paint to use is to spray paint. You will probably need 2-3 cans for a good base coat (more if your base coat is white). Please note that,       latex paint and paint that is rolled on will take several hours to dry, as opposed to spray paint, which dries in several minutes.
- Please be kind to our environment and recycle your empty cans!

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