While many high school students used spring break as a chance to visit the beach or sleep in late, Alley Cranata spent part of her vacation back at school.
The Grovetown High School junior painted several murals on buildings surrounding the school’s football stadium in order to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.
With the help of Evans artist Richard Worth and Daler Kaziev, a classmate and foreign exchange student from Tajikistan, Alley was able to finish in four days.
“I was very impressed by the amount of energy she put forth to get the job done,” Worth said, adding that both students worked hard on the project. “Most kids her age wouldn’t have that much drive.”
Working in the concession stand during soccer season, Alley said she realized the plain cinderblock structures needed a little “pizzazz.”
The buildings proved to be the perfect blank canvas for the 17-year-old, who is a senior Girl Scout in the Greenbrier-Harlem Service Unit.
The trio first painted a soccer player dressed in blue on the boys’ bathroom. On the girls’ bathroom is a track and field mural with a female sprinter.
At the concession stand, Alley designed colorful pieces of candy and a variety of snacks to adorn the beige walls.
The group finished the project by painting a “Warriors Iron Works” mural on the front side of the weight room.
“I’m going to enjoy seeing people’s reactions,” Alley said.
Working for 13 consecutive hours on April 2, Alley said they were forced to take breaks on other days because of the heat.
“We definitely got a sunburn,” she added.
By Tuesday, the paintings were finished, with the exception of a few final touches.
To help with the project, Alley received paint donations from the Martinez Lowe’s, a free breakfast from Panera Bread and cash contributions from friends.
Alley’s mother, Debbie Cranata, who also works at the school’s concession stand, said she’s impressed with the way the designs turned out.
“It just gives it so much character,” she said.
For Alley, apprenticing under Worth and learning more about Kaziev made the experience worthwhile, she said.
She’s also proud to be leaving a positive mark on the school.
“I like thinking that if I come back in 20 years, it should still be here,” she said.