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Marion Seniors Paint Their Own Parking Spots

The Class of 2021 has started a new tradition at Marion – painting a personalized message in a parking spot.

Painting began on Saturday, Sept. 12 and will continue this week. The opportunity is open to all seniors, whether they drive or not.

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“We needed something positive and something fun for the kids to get behind right off the bat,” said Marion staff member Terri Hollebrandt, who is overseeing the project. “They are great kids, the paintings are all fitting their personalities and they are all having fun.”

Each senior needed to submit a design for approval and is required to follow that design on paint day.

“It’s really cool,” senior Laney Taylor said as she took a break from painting stars on her spot. “It’s just a good way to start the day to pull in and see all of these out here.”

“I like it,” senior Audrey Sloane said as she worked on her spot on Tuesday. “I look forward to doing this and it is nice to have something positive going on.”

Seniors generated their ideas from several sources, including Pinterest and their favorite television shows and restaurants.

“I think it’s awesome,” senior Benjamin DeYoung said as he looked up from his spot inspired by “The Office.” “It’s especially nice considering all that is going on in the world.”

Hollebrandt and the seniors hope that this is only the beginning and other classes will have a similar opportunity moving forward.

“Hopefully they will keep doing this so some day my little sister can do this, too,” DeYoung said.

Any seniors with questions about the project should see Mrs. Hollebrandt during school hours.