Orange and purple and green, oh my! Volunteers paint Meade cafeteria teal WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

August 17, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

With paint brushes, rollers and caulking guns in hand, about 25 parents, teachers and students are tackling Meade Senior High's cafeteria, turning an odd melange of colors into a sea of calming blues.

The school system is providing $1,500 worth of paint and materials, the Student Government Association the caulk and other supplies, and the volunteers the muscle. Begun last week, the project should be completed by Monday afternoon's yearbook splash, when students will pick up and sign the mementos.

"I think it's great that we can get the parents, the community involved," Principal Stan Stawas said.

The cafeteria's decor had long been the butt of jokes. The mix of oranges, purple and green didn't do much for students' appetites.

"It was gross," said senior Sean McNaboe, who has been caulking, spackling, priming and painting.

The Student Government Association decided last year to tackle it, with the help of advisers and parents, after they learned the Board of Education wasn't going to repaint for the 1993-'94 school year. The Board of Education agreed to supply scaffolding and paint. SGA representatives voted on the colors on the last day of school. The student group has put about $150 into the project.

The cafeteria will be medium teal on the bottom, light teal a story and beyond. Rose will break up the swimming-pool look. The unfinished ceiling, three or so stories up, will remain a dull yellowish-orange because even with scaffolding, nobody can reach that high. It is slated to be spray-painted in another year.

The new look will be a tremendous boost to the morale of the daily dining crowd as well as a big help when it comes to decorating the cavern for dances.

"We were trying to get a formal-type atmosphere," Sean said. "You just can't do it with those yellow and green swirls."

Each year students spent hundreds of dollars on dark paper to wrap the inside of the room.

Two stories up, Judy Burrell, whose sons Travis and Darren attend Meade Senior, was slathering paint on a wall and pipes yesterday afternoon.

Diane Viglione, whose daughter Kelly is SGA president, was painting doors instead of climbing the scaffolding because she is afraid of heights.

"Actually, I've never painted in my life, until I came to this cafeteria," she said. "I'm beginning to like it."

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