School spirit is important to have in an educational community. It demonstrates to students and staff the importance of team work, it creates a social community and brings the entire school community together as a whole. What better way to build up school spirit than with a school mascot?
Dating back to the 19th century, mascots have been associated with school teams and competitions. They are used to create a hype and an enthusiastic vibe catering towards the school community. Students and teaching staff all see a school mascot as their lead “cheerleader”. It represents the school's pride and what they stand for.
Here are a few tips to consider when using your mascot to build school spirit.
Showcase the mascot at every school event
Think of your school mascot like your school's representative. Your mascot should be present at all school events, creating enthusiasm with those who are attending. Having a constant “cheerleader” for your school community displays the pride that the school has for itself . School pride, in turn, creates a sense of ownership and belonging, which is a powerful motivator for both students and staff alike.
Use your mascot when presenting important school messages
Whether it be during the holidays or exam time, have your mascot accompany student representatives to deliver messages to the students and staff. Messages can be relayed through class talks or even school assemblies. Not only will it make the presentation more visually captivating, but students view the school’s mascot as a symbol they can trust, so if the schools mascot is promoting Christmas cheer or studying for exams, students are more likely to listen.
Integrate your mascot with the school's cheerleaders
If the mascot will be views as the school's representative or lead cheerleader, why not incorporate it with the actual cheer squad? Have them perform a cheer or dance together at sporting events or assemblies.
Have fun and be comical
Who doesn't like humor? Make your mascot's personality playful and funny. During performances, have your mascot perform a funny dance or act silly, within appropriate boundaries of course.
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