2008-09-05 / Schools
Mascot costume donated to Justin Elementary
The school's new mascot, a 6foot-tall spotted jaguar donated by Indiana UniversityPurdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), caused quite a stir when it appeared unannounced in front of a surprised group of faculty, students and their families during Justin's annual back-to-school carnival Aug. 26.
As Principal Marian Weaver welcomed guests to the event, Sheri Perdomo, PTA first vice president, took over the microphone and said it was time to introduce Weaver to the school's newest student.
Dressed in the jaguar costume, PTA president Annelise Crown emerged from inside the school to the sound of cheering pupils and the astonishment of an unsuspecting principal.
The jaguar has long been the Justin Elementary mascot, but the school never had a costume to go with it.
"We've wanted to get a costume for our pride assemblies, but it's very expensive. That's why we didn't buy it," Weaver said.
In her search for the proper attire, Crown emailed three universities with jaguar mascots looking to see if they had a retired costume to donate.
"I really wanted to promote school spirit this year," Crown said. "I felt that if we had a (real mascot) it would increase the kids' enthusiasm to come to school."
Crown found a taker in IUPUI. "I got a response within 24 hours," she said. "The e-mail said, 'Yes, we have an old mascot costume, and it's all yours.'"
The school will hold a contest to name the new mascot.