Evergreen Elementary’s unique new mascot
Inuit friend made from donated pucks
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.