Teacher seeks to change Canfield schools mascot from cardinal to black squirrel

By Elise Franco



One local teacher is ready to usher in a district rebirth for Canfield schools, starting with the beloved mascot.

Stacy Madison, a math teacher at Canfield High School, recently started gathering signatures for a petition to change Canfield Local School District’s mascot, the cardinal, to a black squirrel.

Madison said when the residents voted down an operating levy in November 2010 and again in May 2011, they were voting against tradition.

“It became apparent that the people of Canfield are calling for change, and change is what they’ve gotten,” he said, referencing cuts in courses, busing and staffing. “It seems to me that it’s the perfect time to change the mascot.”

Madison said the petition isn’t meant to offend and isn’t an attempt at placing blame. He said the black squirrel as the new Canfield mascot would represent the new Canfield schools.

“What would be better than a black squirrel? They’re running rampant around Canfield,” he said. “This movement might be misconstrued as a punishment for voting the levy down ... But, I really think a black squirrel is a better mascot, so how could it be a penalty?”

But Superintendent Dante Zambrini disagreed.

“There are many who fondly remember Canfield schools with the cardinal symbol,” he said. “Some people, who indeed work in the district, thought that possibly it was tongue in cheek and weren’t sure if they should take it seriously.”

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

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