COLUMBUS - Things are looking a tad brighter around Columbus, as cheerfully-painted little stones are popping up everywhere. That is thanks in part to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves and his deputies who participated in the "Paint with the Sheriff" event at the Columbus City Park on July 6.

Sponsored by Partnership for All Cherokee County Children, Inc (PACCC) and the CK CO Rocks Facebook group, the event brought families and officers together for a fun-filled evening at the park. The painted rocks treasure hunt game has been sweeping the country, encouraging kids to get out, have fun, and be active.

"We had a great time painting rocks with the kids and visiting with their parents and grandparents," Sheriff Groves said. "Such a good turnout and we appreciate the Partnership for All Cherokee County Children, Inc for sponsoring the event!"

PACCC is a community coalition comprised of child serving agencies, businesses, and community members dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in Cherokee County. It was initially formed to serve as the interagency coordinating council for tiny-k programs. PACCC formalized in 1992 to serve children and families as a direct result of House Bill 3113.

The coalition provides for resource sharing and collaboration among agencies and opportunities to discuss community needs. PACCC has served as a catalyst for many worthwhile programs implemented in Cherokee County throughout the years such as the Foster Care Diversion Program, YouthFriends, Truancy Prevention Program, PACCC the Backpack, and the Smart Start Early Childhood Grant.

CK CO Rocks is a family Facebook page dedicated to game, and a way for residents to share their finds. The group has nearly 500 members, with more folks joining in on the game daily.