Marysville High seniors get creative while painting parking spaces
April 2 – Corrine Mathews was one of the many seniors at Marysville High School who painted their own parking lot Thursday.
“I’m going to do a super easy sunset and he’s going to say ‘see you then’,” said Mathews. “… It’s like summer and I’m just looking forward to summer and I’m done … It wasn’t something I expected and I’m really looking forward to it because I love to paint and it’s kind of nice, something to make our own in school. “
Marysville High School Senior Kolby Dickson and Yuba City High School friend Jordyn Holt painted Patrick Star of “SpongeBob SquarePants” with “Four Years Later” in his parking lot.
“I think it’s funny,” said Dickson. “… It’s cool that I can do it … just because I think we can show our creativity that way.”
Xhymena De La Fuente painted her parking lot with several pictures that are important to her – like a Volkswagen bus, which is her favorite car, on a street with palm trees, the sea, the desert and much more.
“It’s such a cool artsy outlet,” said De La Fuente. “It’s like we’re seniors and this is our last year and it’s like our home and it’s like our space … you feel more at home.”
Ryan Wallace, the school’s director of activities, said this was the first time in a long time that seniors were painting their parking spaces, as it’s also technically a communal parking lot.
“The community really got together and the district did well and they say, ‘Hey, let our seniors do this’ because of the pandemic and they couldn’t have too much of a senior year in person, they all came together and said,’ Yeah, let’s do this possible, ‘”said Wallace.
He said the opportunity was free for students and the high school provided and set up the paint supplies.
“We wanted to make sure it was as special as possible for them,” Wallace said. “This senior class didn’t have a prom last year … and they had over three quarters of their senior year that weren’t in person, and it’s just a little way of saying, ‘Hey, we realize what you’ve been through and we want you to Give them an opportunity to get together and have some fun. ‘”