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Cedar Ridge mascot celebrates 10 years

Students and staff at Cedar Ridge Elementary School will celebrate their 10th anniversary with a special redesigned mascot.

The revamped coyote mascot will be used on 10th anniversary shirts and has been painted in the school’s gymnasium, thanks to the Parent Teacher Organization.

Doug McGraw, the school’s physical education teacher, helped create the new design a couple of years ago.

“After seeing what they did at Colorado State University-Pueblo with their mascot contest, I thought it would be fun to come up with something different for us,” he said.

“I didn’t want it to be too scary, still cartoonish.”

McGraw took the coyote and his ideas and with the help of a local company came up with the new logo, which features a more grizzly (but still friendly) coyote on it.

Diane House, vice president of the Cedar Ridge Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, said the group asked if they could use the emblem on special shirts to be printed this year in honor of the school’s first 10 years.

Charity Dudasch, Parent Teacher Organization president, painted the mural in the school’s gym.

Shirts will be available soon for students and staff. For now, the school will keep its other Cedar Ridge Elementary School coyote logo on official letterhead and other items.

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