Avon Central School District chooses ‘River Hawks’ as new mascot

AVON, N.Y. — The Avon Central School District has chosen a new mascot.

Leaders say the district’s school board voted unanimously to retire the name “Braves” and adopt “River Hawks”. That name received the most votes among students and staff. The change will become official on July 1.

Last April, New York State banned all school mascot names and images associated with indigenous people. Avon is one of four local districts making the change. The others include Letchworth, Manchester-Shortsville, and Canandaigua.

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