Parking's A Pleasure At Viera High


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Several Viera High School seniors got the chance to participate in one of the school’s new “traditions” Aug. 8 when they were allowed to express their own creativity and paint designated parking spaces.

Jeff Draves, a social studies teacher and senior class sponsor, said the process began in the spring of their junior year. Students paid $20 to reserve a parking spot, and then paid an additional $20 to paint the concrete parking pylon.

“It’s a first-come, first-serve basis. All of the money goes toward senior activities,” he said.

Draves, who is beginning his 13th year at VHS, said he enjoys doing senior class events.

“This is one of my passions,” Draves said. “The seniors really enjoy doing this. It adds a lot of color and individuality to the school.”

Brookelyn Ash, 17, and her mom, Amber, both of Suntree, decided to paint a rainbow on their pylon.

“I think it’s really cool to be able to do this,” Brookelyn said.

“I think it’s a good way to express your voice,” said 17-year-old Maggie Zendehrouh of Viera while painting flowers on her spot.

“It’s a great way to show your personality and meet new people,” added Austin Carrizales, 17, of Viera. He spray-painted clouds on his pylon.

Maria Frederick, 17, of Suntree said it was a good way to get all the seniors together. “Good bonding,”
she said.

Ali Lammers, and her mother, Lisa, decided to use a slogan for the design of her pylon: “Better Late Than Ugly.”

“It’s something I’ve been looking forward to since freshman year,” Ali said. “I like doing makeup so that’s how I came up with my design.”

Elise Simmons, 17, of Viera decided to use sunshine for her design. “They look cool and abstract,” she said. “I think it’s fun.”

Draves said there are about 500 VHS seniors. Of that number, 100 paid for parking spaces. The program will raise about $2,000 for future senior class events.VV