Our New Logo

By RENEE WEBB-The Lumen 
Content and Design Coordinator

            The 124th anniversary of Catholic education in Pocahontas was not only anFr C opportunity to celebrate the school’s birthday but also a chance to unveil a new logo for Pocahontas Catholic School.

            Principal Teresa Alesch said with the anniversary, the team at the school felt that an update to the logo would be “a great way to energize students, parents and staff, especially during such a trying time amidst the pandemic.”

            The idea of creating a new logo came about when teachers and students were hoping to participate in creating an identity that represented the past, present and future of Pocahontas Catholic.

            According to Wanda Rittgers, administrative assistant at Pocahontas Catholic, the school was originally called Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School and opened on Nov. 23, 1896.

            “With this logo we brought back the Eagle mascot that was used when Pocahontas Catholic still had a high school,” explained Erin Martin, a teacher at the school. “By using the eagle feather, it brought back a piece of our heritage, and connected us to what our students will soon become when they enter the Pocahontas Area School once they reach the sixth grade as Indians (the public school mascot).”

            The eagle’s feather, added Alesch, represents freedom, bravery and strength and carries great significance with many Native American cultures. For Pocahontas Catholic she said it goes beyond that symbolism as they consider the bald eagle the Great Seal of the United States of America.

            Another teacher, Jan Crowe, noted as they worked on ideas, they wanted to connect more visibly with the public school the students would eventually attend so the same colors were used – red, black and white.

            The principal said it was important that they bring unity as well as honor the culture and traditions of the community and both schools together.

            A cross is also part of the logo, which Alesch said symbolizes faith in Christ and the understanding that God gave his only son Jesus Christ to take away the sins of the world so that we may live.

            Martin went on to describe how the cross in the center “reminds us that Christ is the main focus of our school and our lives. He has blessed us with a wonderful school for 124 years and we are looking forward to the blessing of many more years.”

            “We wanted a fresh take on who we are and what we stand for,” said Crowe, adding the students and parents commented they like the new logo as have her own grown children who are PCS alumni.

The task of creating a new logo was not something they took lightly, the principal noted, adding they wanted to create something that conveyed what it meant to be a student attending Pocahontas Catholic School, in Pocahontas, Iowa in the U.S.A.

“To have the wisdom to follow and have faith in Jesus, and therefore, courage to lead and be role models as teachers and students in God’s name is what this logo means to PCS,” said Alesch, who had earned a degree in design, art and illustration prior to obtaining a degree in education.

After taking feedback from the staff, students and a few parents the principal created the concept for the logo. She also sought input from the retired public school art teacher Bill Stack of Pocahontas. A design professional put the finishing touches on the logo.

The 124th anniversary celebration was held in the school gym. The students had cake and they made a craft project – decorated wooden crosses with a feather – in keeping with the new logo. Each student received a T-shirt with the new logo.

“They loved celebrating the day together and are still talking about it,” Alesch said. “This is a wonderful school with an awesome staff. The longevity of this school is a testament to the values of the community and especially the parishes served. We are truly blessed.”

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