TERRYVILLE - Terryville High School is getting a new senior tradition, and it involves painting parking lot spaces.
When student and senior class president 2020, Jacob Zappone, saw a news article last year about high schools decorating parking lot spaces, he just knew he had to make it a senior tradition.
“I brought it up at a student council meeting last year and our adviser, Mr. Nave, helped us with the idea on planning. Last September, we drafted a contract and made a presentation. By January, we had the approval of our principal, and by March we had the approval of the Board of Education,” said Zappone.
Robert Nave, a sociology and psychology teacher at Terryville High, had seen the same news article Zappone saw and thought the idea was wonderful as well.
“We contacted the school from the news article that designed the parking lot spaces,” said Nave. “They pretty much gave us the blueprints on how they got approved and designed their spaces. I think Terryville High could use this spirit. The spaces are already looking colorful and flavorful.”
For $30 a spot, senior students could paint their designated parking space. Zappone explained that the proceeds made from this have gone to benefit the student council.
“The designs could be whatever you wanted,” said Zappone. “Students drafted ideas of what they wanted their parking space to look like and then it went to a panel of two teachers and two students to approve the designs.”
Enjoying his involvement at Terryville High, Zappone decorated his parking lot space orange and black (the school colors) and asked friends and classmates to leave their hand prints and initials.
Others decided to create more worldly or out-of-this-world designs. Student Julia Zaniewski and her mother, Laura Dechaine, painted a half sun and half moon.
“I saw this design online and I thought it was pretty. I think it’s cool that our school is allowing us to do this because I don’t think our school has done anything like this in the past,” said Zaniewski.
Luis Rosario, who hopes to go into business management after graduating from Terryville High, is designing a Dominican flag on his parking lot space in honor of his dad.
“My dad is from there so I wanted to do this for him,” Rosario said. “I’m also adding a soccer ball because I’ve played soccer here at Terryville High.”