New weston wolf debuts at homecoming parade!

New Weston Wolf debuts at homecoming parade!
Weston WolfWesterly has a new Weston Wolf mascot this year who is a more kid-friendly, kid-sized version of the original.

"Weston had been around as long as anyone here on staff could remember," said Westerly Principal Josie Sanfilippo. "The costume had been cleaned so many times, and it really was time to replace it. We used the opportunity to reconsider everything we wanted in a mascot while retaining our traditional wolf."

Mrs. Sanfilippo met with Mrs. Denise Toil, who had a friend who made and designed costumes. They looked at photos and came up with some new ideas. Mrs. Sanfilippo thought that at the third and fourth-grade level of Westerly students, the costume should be kid-sized so that students could assume the role of mascot.

"The new Weston is so much friendlier-looking and is beautifully made," she said. "Instead of one solid piece, the costume is made in several pieces that can be worn together or separately, say with a t-shirt or with a skirt or other clothing items. It gives it a lot of versatility."

Westerly is selling raffle tickets at the PTA Council Scholarship Auction this year that will select the student who will assume the Weston Wolf mascot identity for all the next school year.

"We'll be having Weston visit a lot more frequently now," said Mrs. Sanfilippo. "Watch for our wolf at assemblies, evening events and even greeting students some mornings. Weston is a very important part of our school!"

The Westerly PTA contributed half the cost, with the other half coming from the building budget.
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