‘Cougar sightings’ in Boerne as elementary school mascot visits students

Megan Armstrong San Antonio News

Published 4:07 pm CDT, Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Curington Elementary students in Boerne should be on the lookout for cougars in their neighborhood … but not the four-legged kind.

In an effort to put a smile on their students’ faces, Principal Matt Myers and School Resource Officer Michael Pease drove around the Boerne neighborhoods Tuesday with the school’s mascot Charlie Cougar, the school district said.

“It was so good connecting with our students and for them to know we miss them and care about them,” Myers said.

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Charlie and his chauffeurs drove around the neighborhood with the school song playing, waving to students and showing their support while students are stuck at home.

“We had more kids and families step outside their door to sing and wave than what we had expected,” Myers said “They absolutely loved it.”

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott has closed all Texas schools through the rest of the school year, with students only able to interact through remote learning.

“With the extended school closure, our leadership team met (virtually) to discuss ways we could continue to engage our kids and families from home,” Myers said. “It’s difficult not being able to see our students each day on campus. We miss seeing them.”

The school’s “Cougar sightings” will continue twice a week, every week until school is officially finished.