Seniors spruce up their parking spots

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Students can pull up to their senior year with a pop of color beneath their wheels.

The second day of Senior Parking Painting has been added to Lamar High School’s 2021-2022 calendar this Saturday, Sept. 4.

The Senior Parking Painting provides the graduating class of 2022 a chance to paint their very own parking spot and will be held from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the student parking lot at Lamar High School.

Students will first check in with one of the senior sponsors present on the day of the event.  A student’s desired design must then be approved and recorded for future reference.  The staff is required to confirm every student is painting on the correct parking spot.

“I’m so excited,” Imani Mogaka, the senior class president, said.  “I feel like last year kind of stripped away our individuality and creativity… but I feel like having our parking spots is definitely allowing you to show your personality and express who you are to others.”

Susan Reeder, an art teacher at Lamar High School and host of the Senior Parking Painting, emphasizes the primary reason herself and others attend the event is due to the community and seeing hands-on creativity.  Over the past years, the number of students attending have dwindled.  However, there are still a handful of pieces, painted onto the pavement of Lamar High School, for all students and staff members to see.

“The second or third year I did this, somebody did a detailed version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and that was very nice,” Reeder said.

Mogaka opted for a self representative route for her parking spot design.  She said she will paint “a butterfly with my name… the butterfly symbolizing me growing into who I am and who I want to be.”

Reeder says she made a form and passed it out to the students attending, that includes a suggestion list of what to bring to Senior Parking Painting.

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