The rain dampened a high school tradition, but couldn’t wipe out the enthusiasm for creating a unique parking spot.
Viera High School seniors spent August 7 painting their parking spaces like other students before them have done for more than 15 years.
But when rain momentarily interrupted the art work two days earlier, the students finished the tradition of painting on August 9.
Each year, seniors can paint the stop blocks in their parking space in any design they choose – each a unique artistic creation.
“I like it because I’ve always seen every other senior do it and now I’m doing it, it’s like a rite of passage,” said Ryan Luciani as he finished his painting.
Despite the August heat, the atmosphere was festive as many seniors listened to music while painting.
Each parking stop block sports its own design. Some paintings included words, others painted objects or geometric designs, but no design resembled another. Seniors have been allowed to express their own creativity on the space they are expected to use for the rest of the school year.
“It’s a good way to express yourself and show off your skills. We have watched other seniors do it over the years and now is our moment,” said Leen Abu-Ammour.
Students pay $20 to reserve a spot and an additional $20 allows them to paint the space.