Lincoln’s got the Blues: Pit Makeover Project

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Lincoln’s got the Blues: Pit Makeover Project

Blue pit (Andrea Garcia/ Lion Tales)

Blue pit (Andrea Garcia/ Lion Tales)

Blue pit (Andrea Garcia/ Lion Tales)

Blue pit (Andrea Garcia/ Lion Tales)

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zaffre colored pit (Andrea Garcia/ Lincoln Lion tales)

After returning from Thanksgiving break, students noticed a surprising change in what is well known as the “pit.” The pit is a very spacious area where some students prefer to hang out during brunch and lunch. Many students have claimed the pit to be their permanent every day hangout spot.

While everyone was used to the plain gray color of the concrete that made up the steps in the pit, students were struck with amazement when they came back only to realize that numerous parts of the pit were repainted to a new dark blue color.

A student’s (Ariadna Valencia) response about the blue pit was, “Since I hang out in the pit everyday, I thought it looked more professional because it matched the colors of our school which are blue and gold.” Students seem to really appreciate the change, so why is the pit finally being repainted all of a sudden? It was about time that the pit be painted. Many can agree with the statement seeing that it didn’t give out a colorful vibe and it appeared out of place as it wasn’t matching with the rest of the school.

Well, to answer that question, it seems that Lincoln High School is up for its new paint cycle! The school district has paint cycles where roughly every ten years a campus gets re painted. Starting next year, 2017, Lincoln will begin it’s paint cycle.

The painting of the pit happened in November, when Lincoln had the opportunity to paint it at no cost since the school district covered it. The reason that the painting process began in the pit rather than any other part of the school was to test out how that specific shade of blue would look. Is it too dark? Is it too bright? It may pop out and not match well with the surrounding buildings but hopefully over the next couple of years the school will be transitioning to this shade of blue.

Figuring out the color was not a hard task. We went to a local paint store and asked one of their employers if they could help us out. We showed them a clear picture that we had taken of the pit, the day prior. They examined the picture and walked around searching for a match of the color, on their wall of paint samples. When they finally found it, their face lit with astonishment.. the color was Zaffre.

Principal Hewitson stated, “We want to move away from the green that’s all over campus and go back to more of the school’s color kind of format.” It has not been decided what shade of blue the buildings will be painted, but it’s bound to happen sometime in the next year.

Underneath the green excess there is a lighter blue painted on, but it is not the school color. It is most likely that the rest of the school buildings where green excess is visible will be phased out and returned to blue. The theater and the science building will stay the same color.

As 2016 comes to an end, look forward to the changes around the school that will be expected this upcoming 2017!

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