There's a lot of things that are great about senior year in high school. It's the perfect blend of finally being old enough to have grown-up freedoms (like being able to see R-rated movies), but not old enough to have grown-up responsibilities (like paying for health insurance). One of the best adult-like freedoms that you get is being able to drive a car, and being able to drive that car to school.
But it's even better when you're able to customize your parking spot at your high school. The seniors at James Bowie High School in Texas and West Orange High School in Florida were given permission to paint their reserved parking spots at their schools. And they pretty much went to town.
"The only thing that's going to motivate me to wake up for school tomorrow morning is pulling up in my parking spot," joked one of the seniors. And can you really blame her? These parking spots rule. Going to school drools.
The otherwise drab parking lots were transformed into a garden of color. The individualities of the owners of each parking spot were able to shine through the creative expression. With bright hues sprucing up the pavement, who wouldn't want to drive to campus?
Some of the kids really went all out and personalized their spots with their favorite cartoons or TV shows. The recreations of cartoons like Calvin and Hobbes, Adventure Time and Spongebob Squarepants were amazing. These seniors should all earn and A+ in art.
Other seniors painted their spots with inspirational messages. Because if you're going to be parking there every day, you might as well inspire yourself every day. It's like turning your parking spot into a giant motivational poster.
The schools designated a day over the summer were the seniors could come in and trick out their parking spots. According to John Linehan, the Senior Assistant Principal at West Orange High School, "It’s something we do every year. We have a designated Saturday during the summer when students come with friends and family and paint their spot for the year.”
The designs at West Orange High School were approved by the school in advance of the designated painting day. You know, just in case someone decided it would be a great idea to paint "school sucks" and a giant middle finger. But otherwise, the students were given free reign.
For some students, having a tricked out parking spot has a larger purpose. At Naaman Forest High School in Texas, customizable parking spots were auctioned off to raise money for prom. If their parking spots are any clue as to how prom will play out, that is going to be some dance!
“We let everyone chose their spot, and it’s first come first serve. Everyone comes with their friends so they can pick out spots next to each other!” said Madi Bradley, the class president at Naaman Forest High School.
Move over, Homecoming Night! The parking spot painting turned into a party in its own right. “We have the last week of summer to paint. So all of the seniors come up and paint and it’s like a big parking lot party," said Bradley.