Students from Richard H. Hungerford School in District 75 in Port Richmond left their mark on the Great Kills Little League complex this spring.
In preparation for the league’s opening day on Saturday, middle and high school students at the Special Needs Facility learn the skills needed to keep a sports facility operational, including grounds maintenance, ballpark operations and concessions.
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It’s a win-win situation for both parties, as students gain experience with new opportunities and additional tasks, while the complex also sees much-needed upgrades, said GKLL President Rob Pascale.
“We actually lost our maintenance manager, so that benefits us as well,” says Pascale. “GKLL board member Frank Garcia mentioned the program to me and it was obvious to get them involved. They learn life skills and things they don’t normally do every day. We were with open arms for any help offered and we are extremely grateful for what the Hungerford School is doing for us here.
Jackie Stokes, a para professional at the school, echoes that statement.
“We are grateful to The Great Kills Little League for providing students with so many work opportunities that allow them to learn new job skills. The students really enjoy going to work and have grown so much through this work-study program,” she says. “For us, it’s just a great way to give back to the community while building new abilities.”
The hardworking youngsters also helped out at local libraries, Arcadia Pets and LiGreci’s Staaten as part of their ongoing hands-on training.
Stokes says the hope is to diversify them into many different professional careers as most of them prepare to graduate and enter the next phase of their lives.
At GKLL’s Greaves Avenue complex, you’ll notice freshly painted red and black dugouts, new warning track surfacing, and crisp, clean white lines across the fields, courtesy of the students.
“Kids do everything, they’re so meticulous with it,” says Hungerford staff member Lee Regenbogen. “This partnership allows them to work in real-world tasks, so after graduation they can easily fit into a co-op or related field.”
Rogenbegen also expressed his gratitude to Pascale and her team.
“It’s good to see the children doing their thing, continues Pascale. “The fields look great! »