WESTFIELD, NJ — The words written on the rocks carefully placed throughout Westfield vary, but the messages all have one thing in common: They are all positive.

Layla Halterman, 20, of Westfield, has put uplifting messages on about 100 rocks and placed them around her hometown in a project she hopes is bringing people smiles.

“I really just wanted to circle back to the idea of putting positive messages out there because the New Year is upon us, and I think this is a great way to kick it off,” said Halterman, who in 2019 graduated from Westfield High School and is now studying at Ursinus College.

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Halterman said it took her several days to decorate the rocks, and she found calm in writing messages that include the words, “You Matter,” “You Got This,” “Be Kind,” “Use Your Power” and “Smile Big,” among others.

The response so far has been good, she said.

“I do a little happy dance when someone shoots me a message that someone has found one,” Halterman said. “Ultimately, I am grateful I can spread smiles across my beloved hometown. I am confident 2021 will rock.”

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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