Otters will make new elementary school home

March 18, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

NEW β€” 6 a.m. March 18, 2010

The newest Issaquah School District elementary school will be the home of the otters.

Issaquah School Board members recently approved the mascot for Creekside Elementary School. The board also approved colors for the new school β€” brown, silver and blue. The colors represent the woods and water of otter habitat.

School officials made their final recommendation to the board after asking the community for submissions; they received more than 60 mascot and color entries.

Officials researched each entry and recommended three to the board: cubs, otters or ravens.

Each animal has ties to the wooded areas around the school, and boasts intelligence and social connections to a larger group of their species. The board picked the mascot Feb. 24. Creekside Elementary will open this fall.

Otters won because, like the students, otters β€œare very intelligent, know how to enjoy themselves, and stay true to friends and family,” Planning Principal Robin Earl said.

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