Painted rocks hidden in Pushmataha County by sheriff's office

ANTLERS, Okla. (KXII) -- After finding a rock finding page on Facebook, Pushmataha County Sheriff BJ Hedgecock's daughter wanted to get in on the fun.

That's when the sheriff's office decided to paint rocks and hide them all over Pushmataha County.

"I visited with my deputies," Sheriff Hedgecock said. "They all pitched in and bought some backpacks and filled them full of school supplies and started hiding the rocks."

Kids from all over Pushmataha County can search far and wide to find these painted rocks.

Once they find them, they can return it to the sheriff's office to get a photo with a deputy and earn a free backpack with school supplies in each bag.

"It's been an overwhelming response to see the joy on their faces when they bring in these rocks and are able to get a backpack filled with supplies for school," undersheriff Julie Garriety said.

The kids then will take the rock they find and rehide them to be found again.

For the deputies, they're happy they can both make a local kid's day and help them get ready to learn this school year.

"It's just a wonderful feeling to know that one of these kids wouldn't go to school without backpacks," Garriety said. "To know that some of these kids are going to school with these supplies and backpacks, it's a wonderful feeling."

It's also a chance for the sheriff's office to show a lighter side to law enforcement.

"And it just brings in the community together," Sheriff Hedgecock said. "You know, they'll have a better relationship with law enforcement instead of a bad situation, they see them in a fun part of the time."

So far, about five rocks have been found and the sheriff's office hopes that number will continue to grow.