MORRISTOWN, NJ - A good mascot can provide laughs and lighthearted distraction at school functions. Great mascots inspire and captivate entire stadiums. Their enthusiasm is enthralling and the mystery behind who it might be captures entire audiences.  This Wednesday students at Unity Charter School met their mascot.  The first mascot the school has had since their doors opened in 1998.  They met “The Wolf”. 

Unity Charter School has had a long-standing relationship with the wolf.  A wolf sign is used when trying to get the attention of the students. In fact,  a simple wolf sign can quiet a whole room in a non-verbal way.  It was no surprise when the wolf emerged as the victor in the mascot selection contest earlier this year.  The Wolf finally arrived at Unity Charter School during a pep rally.  The pep rally was held in anticipation of the 7th annual Hoopla event.  Hoopla is a friendly basketball game between 8th grade students and faculty members.  The game includes a special half-time performance by the middle school students.  It’s a school wide celebration of camaraderie, family fun and the dedication to healthy living. 

There's something about mascots that stir up powerful emotions.  The tradition of mascots dates back at least to the American Civil War.  The wolf is also a curiously interesting animal in that it offers some of the most striking animal meanings in the realm of spirit animals. The power of the wolf brings forth instinct, intelligence, appetite for freedom, and awareness of the importance of social connections.