Istrouma alumni raises money to save mascot statue
BATON ROUGE - A group of Istrouma High alumni are coming together to save their Indian mascot, Nawaganti.
It's been standing for more than 50 years inside Istrouma High School, but since the school closed its doors a year ago, the class of 1964 offered to restore the statue.
The class designed the statue as a gift to the school 50 years ago, and they're coming back together to try to save the Indian mascot from deteriorating. Alumni say they have been raising money to purchase a trophy case and a new costume.
Istrouma grad Wayne Messina pitched the idea hoping to have the Indian restored, so that it can remain on display for the public to view by spring.
"We probably didn't realize at the time Nawaganti was not real," said Wayne Messina, 1964 graduate of Istrouma High. "He was to us, and I guess that's where our pride comes from in our school."It's absolutely amazing it lasted as long as it did."
Alumni say they've raised more than $2,000, but still need $1,500 more to make the changes to the statue.
If you would like donate, you can donate to the class of 1964. Contributions should be payable to Class of 1964 and sent to Restoration of Nawaganti, 1017 Daventry Dr., Baton Rouge 70808.