Ever­green Ele­men­ta­ry’s unique new mas­cot

Inuit friend made from do­na­ted pucks

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Stu­dents at Ever­green Ele­men­ta­ry School in Saint La­zare have a unique new mas­cot that was construc­ted and un­vei­led du­ring the recent win­ter olym­pics.

The fi­gure that has been na­med In­nu­ga­ti, which means friend in Inuit, was de­bu­ted wea­ring me­dals to show­case Canada’s ma­ny ac­com­plish­ments du­ring the 2014 So­chi Olym­pic Games. The life-si­zed fi­gure that stands as tall as some kin­der­gart­ners was construc­ted using 500 ho­ckey pucks that were do­na­ted to the school.

More than half of the pucks sent in were do­na­ted by Ho­ckey Fé­mi­nin Trois Lacs, which or­ga­nizes girls’ ho­ckey in the re­gion.

The idea for In­nu­ga­ti came about when a school car­ni­val com­mit­tee be­gan sear­ching for a unique way to ex­press pride not on­ly in the Olym­pics, but in other school events.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers who felt ho­ckey pucks re­pre­sen­ted the per­fect fit for sports pride in Canada, rea­ched out to the school com­mu­ni­ty ho­ping for a good res­ponse. With an overw­hel­ming do­na­tion of more than 500 pucks, stu­dents and tea­chers got to work plan­ning and buil­ding the mas­cot.

The fi­gure was na­med in a contest open to all stu­dents.

School ad­mi­nis­tra­tors say the fi­gure will conti­nue to grace the school’s front en­trance, and that its at­tire will be chan­ged to match the sea­son.

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