A 3rd grade classroom at Oak Grove Elementary brainstormed their ideas for a new mascot for Montrose High School. The class first researched animals on the Western Slope before they decided on their favorites.

“It was really fun for them to be part of the process, and it really made them feel important and like their opinions mattered,” classroom teacher Janet Cary said. “That was just really neat for the kids.”

Third graders in Janet Cary's class at Oak Grove Elementary proposed their ideas for the new high school mascot. 
Third graders in Janet Cary's class at Oak Grove Elementary proposed their ideas for the new high school mascot. 

The students wrote letters and designed t-shirts to send to the MHS mascot committee, which is meeting for the second time tonight. Here are some of my favorite excerpts from the letters: 

"Black bears are impressive climbers. And black bears have great senses." –Leo 

"Foxes are very fast like the football team or the baseball team. Next, foxes are smart like most of the teams." –Evellen 

"I think it should be a mountain lion. They are fast runners and also they like to eat." –Oliver 

What do you think about the students' suggestions? Should the new mascot be an animal on the Western Slope?