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Street paintings display school pride, group says

By The Herald Staff | 8/19/2013

Community members painted a picture of school spirit and civic pride Saturday in Ottawa.

A group representing the Chamber of Commerce’s Community Image & Affairs Committee — along with a representative from Ottawa University — painted the OU arrowhead on the pavement leading to the campus on 10th Street, between Main and Cedar streets, committee representatives said.  

Community members painted a picture of school spirit and civic pride Saturday in Ottawa.

A group representing the Chamber of Commerce’s Community Image & Affairs Committee — along with a representative from Ottawa University — painted the OU arrowhead on the pavement leading to the campus on 10th Street, between Main and Cedar streets, committee representatives said.  

The effort marked the first of several projects to dress up the streets around OU, as well as providing a similar look for streets leading to Ottawa High School, organizers said.

“This was a fun project, and we got positive feedback as we painted,” Stan Shisler, chairman of the Chamber committee, said.

The committee has discussed something similar for several years, but with the help of Ottawa High School, the stencils were cut for both OU and OHS, committee members said.

The project Saturday provided a test of the materials and time it takes, but more will appear in the upcoming weeks, committee members said.

Four volunteers — Stan Shisler, Wynndee Lee, Samantha Lee and Lara Boyd — painted seven OU arrowheads Saturday.  

The group plans to paint additional OU logos on Cedar, Ninth and 11th streets, as well as OHS logos on 11th and Ash streets near the high school, according to a news release.

Community Image & Affairs Committee representatives said this was a good project to promote pride in the community, as well as show visitors how much support there is for local teams.

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