First-graders at St. Patrick Catholic School met a big feathered friend on Monday when Spalding University’s new Ollie the Eagle mascot visited the school.
Members of Ms. Meece and Ms. Goben’s first-grade class – Class 1ME – got the Golden Eagle’s attention this winter when they submitted a video entry to Spalding for the contest to name the new mascot. The class recommended “Eagie” the Eagle, with a student named Caroline making the suggestion. Ultimately, “Ollie” got the most votes, but the kids’ winning spirit earned them a personal visit from the bird.
Ollie passed out Spalding stickers and pennants and took pictures with all the first-graders at the school, plus the Spalding staff gathered some important marketing research, asking the kids, “What’s your favorite thing about Ollie?”
Here were our favorite answers:
“His name.” (Hey, that’s cool. The voting contest was evidently a success.)
“Because he’s an eagle.”
“He is big.”
“He eats bugs.”
Thanks to Ms. Meece, Ms. Goben and all the great kids at St. Patrick for welcoming Ollie to your school!
— Lisa Mueninghoff Goben (@lisamarie2664) February 8, 2018