Immaculate Conception School’s Eagle Safety Patrol were honored by the New York Yankees at Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Monday night, a game won by the Yankees, 8-1.
The eighth-grade students from the school located on 151st Street in the Bronx were seated in the Judge’s Chambers, located in section 104 of right field.
“We are grateful to the Yankees. To recognize our students is a wonderful thing for them to do for our kids,’’ Sister Patrice Owens, S.C.C., principal of Immaculate Conception, told CNY.
The Eagle Safety Patrol, which consists of 21 students, was being honored for being leaders in the school and community. In recent months, the group have been difference makers in the school and community by doing such things as raising money for relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and Mexico. Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida suffered massive damage from hurricanes, and the people of Mexico were recovering from a devastating earthquake.
“They do a lot of service willingly,’’ said Sister Patrice. “One of our core values is service. We try to help the kids by providing opportunities to do service in the school and in the community. We make them aware of the opportunities and they are willing to to do it.’’
The Yankees also announced the Bronx-based Highbridge Voices will sing the National Anthem prior to Game 4 and will sit in the Judge’s Chambers for Tuesday’s game. Msgr. Donald Sakano, pastor at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, serves as president of the board for the Highbridge Voices and was a founder of the Highbridge Community Development Corporation, a non-profit dating back to the 1980s that now owns and manages some 50 buildings with over 2,100 households.
Highbridge Voices serves some 200 students, ages 9 to 18, between the academic year and summer programs.
Highbridge Voices has a 100 percent high school graduation rate and an 80 percent enrollment rate for college.
The Yankees have not announced honorees for Game 5. The Astros lead the best-of-7 series, 2-1.
PHOTO CAPTION: Students from Immaculate Conception School in the Bronx enjoy Game 3 of the American League Championship Series from the Judge’s Chambers in right field. Aaron Judge homered and the Yankees won, 8-1. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES