A.L. Fortune Secondary graduates work on their road art  as the class of 2011 marks graduation day Friday in front of the school.

A.L. Fortune Secondary graduates work on their road art as the class of 2011 marks graduation day Friday in front of the school.

Enderby grads paint the town

Enderby’s graduating class of 2011 has left its mark.

More than 50 A.L. Fortune students took to the streets Friday morning armed with spray cans. It didn’t take long before the strip of road in front of the school was colourfully painted with signatures, favourite sayings and individual trademarks.

Likely one of the most unique grad traditions out there, every year Enderby’s graduates paint the town on graduation day.

It’s part of what makes the small North Okanagan school unique.

While the occasion alone is one-of-a-kind, the entire past year has definitely been special at the Enderby high school.

Especially for graduate Tasha Belcourt.

You wouldn’t know it by looking at her now, but the 18-year-old is a teen mom.

Six months ago, Belcourt gave birth to her son Dain.

Having a baby in her graduating year definitely wasn’t planned.

And it certainly wasn’t easy – from the embarrassing days of walking the halls pregnant to trying to do homework with a baby in her lap.

But she did it.

And despite missing out on the grad parties and festivities, she still managed to walk across the stage to claim her dogwood Friday night.

She even had a special little man cheering her on in the crowd.

“It (the pregnancy) just happened but I just went with it and it’s the best thing to happen to me,” said the young mom.

“It just turned my life around for the better.”

Now that she has her graduation papers, the teen mom isn’t stopping there.

With the continued support of her parents, Belcourt plans to attend Okanagan College in Vernon to become a registered care aid.

Then, maybe one day down the future, when she has a career in place, she might consider giving Dain a sibling.