A Miami-Dade commissioner has stepped up to ensure the purchase of a new mascot costume for Coral Park Senior High School.
At Tuesday’s county commission meeting, Commissioner Javier Souto said he would allocate $5,000 toward a new costume for the school’s mascot, Ramsy. The funds will come from the commissioner’s district funds.
“I’m very pleased to be able to make this donation to the school so students can continue cheering their beloved mascot at games and other events,” Souto said.
Sophomore Abner Aponte, 16, wears the school’s current mascot costume. He said that the 6-year-old costume, made of papier maché, is deteriorating. It also lacks a cooling system to prevent bacteria buildup, and the school didn’t have the funding to replace it.
"I have been dreaming for this to happen since last year," Abner said. "I think this isn’t just going to help me, but also the people who will replace me."
The new costume will feature higher-quality material and a state-of-the-art cooling system to prevent damage from humidity and keep its wearer comfortable.