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Canisteo-Greenwood Superintendent: Our pride is not solely tied to a symbol

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A letter to the community from Tom Crook

Dear CG Family

While we have made the decision to retire the mascot, it is important for us to remember that our small-town (Canisteo and Greenwood) pride remains an integral part of who we are as a combined community. The mascots may have symbolized our identity in the past, but our small-town spirit extends far beyond a mere symbol. We are rooted in the values, traditions, and the collective pride we share in our towns, and this is why many alumni have chosen to “stay home.”

Small-town pride reflects our close-knit community, where neighbors know each other, see each other’s children grow up, wave to everyone driving by, and help in times of need. It is the bond that brings us together during local events, celebrations, and cherished traditions and the unwavering support we provide to our local businesses, schools, and organizations.

I know changing the mascot is difficult and emotional, but it does not diminish who we are as a collective community. Our pride is not solely tied to a symbol; it is a testament to our shared history, the character of our residents, and the love we hold for each other and our towns.

As we move forward, let us remember that our pride transcends any single representation. It is our spirit that can be embodied through acts of kindness, support for one another, and a commitment to building a stronger community for our children. Let us honor our shared values (resiliency, compassion, mutual respect, dignity, and community support), cherish our traditions, and continue to foster the intense sense of community that truly defines who we are.

Together, we can embrace change while preserving the essence of our beloved district. Let our pride shine through our actions, our unity, and our unwavering commitment to the betterment of our community for future generations. Our small-town pride will continue to flourish, reminding us that we are a resilient and extraordinary community, bound together by the common thread of love and dedication we have for our homes.

Yours in service,

Tom

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