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Stowers Elementary and Tampa Bay Tech students surround "Remington the horse" to celebrate his new look.

Schools work together to bring beloved mascot back to life

June 29, 2016 - Points of Pride

The hard work of students at Tampa Bay Technical School paid off as they repaired Remington, Stowers Elementary's fiberglass horse mascot, after incurring serious damages from vandalism.   

Remington, acquired nearly two years ago by Stowers Elementary, is named after the restaurant he once called home, Remington's Steakhouse. Upon the closing of the restaurant in late 2014, Remington found a new home at Stowers Elementary. Stowers is a western themed school that embraces the slogan: "Home of the Cowboys!"

Earlier this year, Remington suffered major damages that prohibited him from being able to stand alone. With a broken leg and various cracks and chips in the fiberglass, Stowers was unsure if they would be able to salvage what had already become an influential piece to the school culture.

While many felt that Remington was beyond repair, Catherine Lennard, the Principal of Stowers Elementary, recognized an opportunity to utilize the skill set and expertise of students in the Collision Repair & Paint Refinishing program at Tampa Bay Technical High School. The Collision Repair & Paint Refinishing program, led by Mr. Antonio Santana, is a technical program that seeks to prepare students for careers in the auto collision repair industry.

Far from the typical repairs completed in their shop, the students eagerly accepted the challenge. After months of planning and hard work, Remington was ready to gallop home to Stowers Elementary. Stowers was very grateful for the services provided by the students at Tampa Bay Tech and looks forward to furthering their school-to-school relationship. This story serves as an example of the district's vision, "Preparing students for life,” as students employed problem solving strategies, team work, and utilization of resources to overcome a problem. Way to go!

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