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Eastern High seniors prep for first day of school by painting parking spots

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Reed Hutchinson poses with his Ron Burgundy-themed parking spot. Reed Hutchinson poses with his Ron Burgundy-themed parking spot.
Seniors Austin, Emily, Lauren & Tyler pose in front of their spots. Seniors Austin, Emily, Lauren & Tyler pose in front of their spots.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A group of Eastern High School seniors spent their last day of summer break on Tuesday decorating and painting their designated spots in the school's parking lot.

The colorful spots feature everything from sports themes and bright colors to flowers and quotations.

“This officially marks the start of senior year for us,” said Emily Turi, 17, vice president of Eastern's Class of 2015. “We get a chance to see all of our friends that we haven't seen over the summer. And it's pretty cool because everyone helps everyone else out – if someone needs paint or supplies, all you have to do is ask.”

Seniors at the school paid $50 for their designated spots, which are located behind the school. All money from the sale of the spots goes to the senior class fund, which goes to help pay for class events, said Austin Goss, the senior class president.

“Many of us have been out here all weekend working on them with our friends and families,” he said. “It's a great team-building experience and we've had a lot of fun with it.”

There were only 127 spots to purchase – and they were available on a first come, first served basis. Students also had to submit their designs for approval from the school about a month ago.

Lauren Goldener, 17, said one of best things about being able to decorate parking spaces is seeing the creativity of her friends.

“You can look at most of the spots and really see the personality of whoever designed it,” she said. “Some of them will show you what their interests are, while others are similar from last year.”

Tyler Brockman decided to keep the white elephants on red paint design that someone from the Class of 2014 painted. All he added was his name.

“I'm not as creative as some of my friends,” he laughed. “But I had a great time helping everyone else out.”

Reed Hutchinson went with his favorite movie and designed a Ron Burgundy-themed space. His mom, Amy Hutchinson, was one of several parents helping out on Tuesday afternoon.

“I think this is a great idea,” she said. “It's been a lot of fun to spend some time with him and meet some of his friends that I haven't met before. What a great way for them to start their senior year.”

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0839 or @tkonz on Twitter. 

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