Allow Seniors to Paint their Parking Spots

Allow Seniors to Paint their Parking Spots

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Esteban Gaona started this petition to Principal Burke and other APs

     Senior year is what every high school kid looks forward to: graduation, college applications, and all of the fun senior activities. At most schools, students have the opportunity to be creative and decorate their senior parking spots. Myself, along with many other seniors would like to see this implemented at OH.

     First off, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to write this draft. I understand the concerns you have about this topic as well as that there have been other groups that have advocated for this as well, which is why I voiced my idea to a few other students with the same mindset. We have been in constant conversation for the past few days and we feel that there are comprisable solutions to said problems.

     The first issue that I would like to address is the fact that many students park without paying for a spot. Allowing seniors to paint their parking spot should only be done with proof of a paid parking spot; not to mention, there would be an extra fee to paint the curbs and concrete. This only brings in more revenue that can potentially be used to better our school. As I have done my research, I found that most schools charge $30 for students to paint the curb and the concrete or $15 for one or the other. At this point you are getting more students to actually pay for their parking and at least an extra $15 from 80% of the seniors that want to paint their spot.

     Moreover, another concern you had was repainting the spots white after the year is over. At most schools the SGA students paint the spots white at the end of the year. I have also been in contact with our school’s student government and they thought it was a great idea since they are mostly in charge of cleaning up after our activities. Therefore, we would not need to pay anyone to come and do it. Being able to paint the entire concrete spot would be unreasonable to ask students to repaint, so a compromise would be a 4x6 ft box at the bottom of the parking spot. This would make the painting and repainting time cut in half.

     Also, allowing students to paint their spots gives kids something more to look forward to when the school year begins. It gives students the opportunity to be creative and design something they really love and have other kids admire which is not only fun but healthy for each students’ psyche. According to a study from the University of Texas, we can attribute our preferences for personalized experiences to two key factors. One of them being the desire for control. Whether it be legitimate or an illusion, by personalizing and tailoring something to oneself makes one feel more in control. By having that sense of control over something small and trivial, it can have a significantly positive effect on our psyche. According to Psychology Today, people who feel an internal sense of control tend to be healthier physiologically and more successful.  

     Painting parking spots is a great bonding activity as well. You can pick one or two days and certain times (ex. Saturday from 9am-2pm) for students to paint their spots. For the concern about students painting something inappropriate, most schools have not had that issue. As seniors we should be mature and set an example; however, I am aware that there are some students that are exceptions from good behavior. If someone happens to create anything inappropriate on their spot we can simply paint over it and give that student the deserved consequences.

     ​Personalized experiences have individuals feeling like their interests and preferences were actually being taken into account. Nowadays where kids are feeling less and less unique and nothing more than just a GPA number to our staff and teachers we believe this would not only bring in more money for our school but it will increase moral, school spirit, and ultimately change the outlook of the student body to both our school and administration.

          I thank you for the opportunity to write you and for your consideration of this activity that, although small, we take very seriously and would really like this implemented soon, god-willing. If you have any other concerns and would like to set up a meeting or stay in constant conversation through email I would be glad to talk to you and address everything we need to to make this work. Thanks again.

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