BRISTOL—Colt Andrews fifth grader Hannah Rodriques was playing outside with her friends during recess a week ago when it was announced over the intercom that her design had won the Mascot Design Contest and would be the school’s new logo that will be displayed on flags, banners, bumper stickers, shirts, and on many other school related materials.
“I just stood there frozen in the school yard and I couldn’t move because I was so excited! My friends had to help me inside,” she said at an assembly on Thursday, in the school auditorium where Colt Andrews School principal Dr. Patrick Lattuca unveiled flags and a t-shirt with Hannah’s new logo, in front hundreds of her cheering students.
Since being hired last year, Dr. Lattuca and his staff have been working hard toward building a positive school community. They developed a new mission statement for the school and the Positive Committee, a group designed to establish new school programs like the school’s new “Good Deeds” program. The Positive Committee looking to boost the school’s self image came up with the idea for the Mascot Design Contest. Over 100 students participated in the school wide contest. The committee selected the top six designs and then left it up to the students to decide who would be the ultimate winner.
When Hannah first heard about the design contest she thought, “I can do this because I’m always drawing at home.” When it was announced over the intercom, an image popped into her mind. “I pictured a bear cub jumping out of a CA,” she said. Hannah drew the image free hand then worked with her uncle to digitalize the image for the contest.
“Hannah created a wonderful mascot that skillfully incorporated our school colors, bear cub, and representative letters of our school name, CA,” said Dr. Lattuca.
“I was kind of surprised that my design got picked. When they picked all of the finalists I thought, ‘wow, some of these are pretty good,'” said Hannah.
Students were given t-shirts sporting Hannah’s new design as they filed out of the assembly. The white t-shirts with the red, C, blue, A, and a cuddly bear cub, fluttered up the stairs and into classrooms as the students headed back to class. The shirts were to be worn on Friday for Colt Andrews Elementary School Pride Day.
“I think I’ll feel proud seeing my design all around the school on flags and t-shirts and I’m glad that my classmates all wanted one,” Hannah said.
“You could feel the sense of excitement and family, we all felt connected and part of something special, our school,” said Dr. Lattuca.