When Presentation College needed a mascot a year ago, the school came up with a unique plan. Spirit, a live Saint Bernard, was going to be their mascot. Spirit has now been on campus over a year, and students have a lot of positive feedback.
“It was interesting. At first I thought they were going to get a costume or something like that for someone to wear, but then she showed up, and it was awesome,” junior Kyle Blum said.
“It’s kind of like having a little bit of home right here on campus,” Rachel Dix said.
Spirit is a mascot around the clock. She has a food dish in nearly every office, and throughout the week she visits all areas of campus. Students are even able to check her out just like they would a library book.
“I don't think I have met anybody that hasn't enjoyed having her around. She loves everybody too,” Dix said.
“Students come hang out with her, they take her for walks. I take her to all the events. She goes to all the games, and any other special events,” Stacy Bauer said.
Stacy works at Presentation College, and she is Spirit’s caretaker. She takes Spirit home every night.
Spirit also plays a bit of a marketing role for the college.
“I’m also a student ambassador I take her on tours with me sometimes,” Dix said.
“She’s great with kids. When there are people visiting, that's like the first thing they want to see is Spirit,” Blum said.
Above all though, she is a mascot, even if she falls asleep on the job.
If you would like to meet Spirit, she will be helping Santa as one of his reindeer at the 2nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the entrance of Presentation College.