A local business woman has made a donation to Atrisco Heritage High School she hopes will make game days that much more fun.
Lisa Velarde owns Signature Sweets and Flowers, which makes floral and candy bouquets, and she has donated two Jaguar mascot costumes to the school. Velarde said she chose Atrisco for the donation because the parents there have always supported her business and her daughter was a student there.
She presented the mascots to the students during a recent pep rally.
“The mascots we had were a little cheap, and a little sweaty, and a little rusty,” said student Joseph Salazar. “But thanks to Lisa, we got some new Jaguar mascots and we are so thankful for them.”
Velarde bought the costumes last year but wasn’t able to donate them until now because of the pandemic.
“We needed a feel good story too,” she said. “To help these kids. They’re back to school and a lot of them are excited to come back to school.”
Student AJ Martinez said the mascots will be a good way to get the crowds going at sporting and school events. “I think it’ll make a huge difference,” he said. “And it’s not just a football thing. It’s all our sports.”
The story will appear on KOAT-TV today as part of the “Good News Files” series.
The “Good News Files” is a collaboration between the Albuquerque Journal, 96.3 News Radio KKOB and KOAT-TV. The stories highlight good news stories in the community.