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story.lead_photo.caption Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Madi Powlowski and Dru Sikes work on some parking lot art on Thursday (Aug. 1, 2019) in preparation for the start of school at Gentry High School in two weeks. Not pictured but helping paint was Abi Powlowski.

GENTRY -- Students, teachers, parents and friends were again out on the hot pavement in the high school parking lot on Wednesday and Thursday of last week with paint rollers and paintbrushes in hand, creating a unique look for some of the parking spaces.

Students -- and teachers -- were allowed, for a fee, to put their own design on their parking spaces for the year, and designs were appearing.

The Gentry School Board, in 2016, approved a student council proposal to allow high school students to paint a design on their assigned parking spaces for a $20 fee which would go to the student council to raise money for the next homecoming dance.

Students are required to fill out an application to participate, submit a design plan, have parental approval and school approval. The paintings have to be within the parking lines, and only specific acrylic water-based paints are allowed. Only students with a current driver's license and a vehicle may apply and seniors have first priority. Students must buy their own approved paint and supplies.

Those without an assigned parking space will be required to park in other unpainted spaces further from the school classroom facility.

At the end of the school year, the fire department washes off the paint with high-pressure spray from a fire hose, according to the presentation made to the school board.

The parking lot now has a unique and personalized look for many Gentry High School students and teachers and, in some cases, it seems kind of a shame to cover up the artwork with a car or truck on school days.

Community on 08/07/2019

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