When Como Park Senior High School students headed back to school on Sept. 6, they were greeted with 11 60-by-30-inch gold-and-black “spirit” banners hanging from light poles that line the road leading to the school entrance. Part of a larger school-beautification project, the task of raising nearly $3,000 for the banners was spearheaded by Como parent Paul Seeba.
“I became interested in doing a project since I felt Como Park High needed a little more curb appeal to match all the great learning that goes on inside there,” Seeba said. “I sincerely believe the community as a whole is enriched when there is a positive attitude toward the local public high school.”
Many local leaders contributed to the project, Seeba said, including St. Paul Public Schools board members John Brodrick, Jon Schumacher and Mary Vanderwert, City Council Member Amy Brendmoen and her husband, Mike Hahm; Principal Theresa Neal; community member Bridget Paitich in memory of George Paitich; Como parent Ann Commers; and St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, which is just a few blocks north of the school on Victoria Street.
The school held a ribbon cutting to honor the donors on Sept. 6.