“Phoenix” — Sonora Elementary’s new bobcat mascot — made his first appearance on Friday, thanks to students at another school.
Sonora Elementary School’s new mascot “Phoenix” was introduced to students on Friday. Courtesy photo.
The mascot replaces predecessor “Bob,” a costume which was lost, among much else, in a Nov. 23 campus fire.
The Curtis Creek Elementary School student council decided a few weeks ago that they wanted to help Sonora Elementary, according to Sonora Elementary counselor and teacher Kerri McCluskey.
“Bob” had been in McCluskey’s office, which took heavy damage, and was known to be lost quickly after the fire. It just wasn’t a priority to replace compared to necessary teaching items, she said.
But Curtis Creek students wanted to help the school and thought the symbolism of the mascot was important, McCluskey said.
They looked into it and put the calls out to get the costume to the school before winter break. Ultimately, a donor stepped up and bought the suit. The donor wants to remain anonymous.
For the full story see today's Union Democrat.