Showing gallery: A Homerun for Eastchester
When Anne Hutchinson Principal Dr. Annette Keane stood near home plate at Citifield, she was both honored and awed.
“I had never realized how big the field was. I had never been on it before. It was fun and exciting,” said the former Queens resident and Mets fan after the September 9th game.
But it wasn’t just being there that spurred those emotions. Dr. Keane accepted a Spirit Award on behalf of the Eastchester School District for its work with The Loukoumi Make a Difference Foundation.
The District has partnered with the group for about a decade and when The Mets organization wanted to recognize Loukoumi for its efforts in Eastchester and around the country, President Nick Loukoumi said he couldn’t accept the award without all of the foundation’s partners being there, including Eastchester.
“Eastchester has been there from the beginning and The Loukoumi Foundation would not be where it is today without the students and the schools of Eastchester,” said Katsoris.
Anne Hutchinson created the Good Deed of the Month Club last year with the foundation in order for students to make a connection with their community and beyond. One of their main activities is the Caring Cards Project where students make greeting cards and sell them for one dollar as a fundraiser for organizations like St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Keane felt humbled receiving the award and said it really speaks to the Loukoumi Foundation. “It is a testament to Mr. Katsoris and the organization of how much he cares. Partnering with him shows the students how they are able to make a big difference.”
The Loukoumi Foundation’s roots go back to a children’s book series Katsoris created for his son that features the character of Loukoumi the Lamb. The lamb inspires children to do good deeds and believe in themselves.
Katsoris noted, “A little idea about a lamb took on a life of its own and has transformed into a huge movement that has helped hundreds of children and the Eastchester School District has been a part of it from the beginning.”