Seymour, Trinity students paint parking spots to raise money for children’s hospital


Two local high schools have raised money for a children’s hospital in a unique and colorful way.

Students at Seymour High School and Trinity Lutheran High School spent Labor Day painting their parking spots in exchange for a donation to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.

The project has become a tradition for seniors at SHS organized by the school’s Riley Dance Marathon committee. This is the third year for the project. A total of 82 students paid $35 to have the opportunity to participate, raising $2,870.

Students brought materials along with friends and family to help paint the spots, spending most of the afternoon bringing their ideas from paper to the blacktop. Designs had to be preapproved by school administrators before students could begin painting.

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Teacher Kelly Reasoner serves as the faculty sponsor for the SHS Dance Marathon committee.

Seymour’s Dance Marathon is scheduled for Nov. 23 with a goal of $15,000. Last year’s event raised $23,211.58.

Because of Trinity’s smaller size, the school allows both juniors and seniors to get involved in parking lot painting.

Faculty adviser Sarah Bumbleburg said students paid $25 to paint a spot. It was their second year for the project.

"We had the same number of students, somewhere between 15 and 20," she said.

They were able to raise $550, which will go to the school’s Riley Dance Marathon on April 4, 2020.

Besides being a fundraiser, Bumbleburg said painting parking spots is a great way to show school spirit and build a "positive school culture."

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