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ICS Students Go Head-to-Head with Jeter

On Wednesday, May 1st, ICS held its Third Annual Pinstripe Benefit at Yankee Stadium.  Supporters of ICS gathered in luxury suites, courtesy of the New York Yankees, to cheer them on as they took on the Houston Astros.  While ICS Advisory Board members, alumni, staff, and friends all pitched in to make the event a success, it was ICS students who truly hit a grand slam.

At the beginning of the school year, Sister Patrice challenged students to beat Yankees star Derek Jeter’s milestone 3,000 career hits by reading 3,000 books as a school.  Each student and classroom set a personal goal, and the fever spread quickly – students reached their schoolwide goal by the middle of winter, and by June they had more than doubled it!  To celebrate their hard work, the New York Yankees invited the top readers from grades 5 through 8 to stand on the field and be recognized before the May 1st game with a surprise guest – Derek Jeter himself!

“The challenge isn’t just about the total number of books read,” explained Sister Patrice.  “The biggest success is the fact that our students are enthusiastic about reading and choosing to read more in their own time.”

The evening was a successful fundraiser for the school as well.  The Pinstripe Benefit generated over $50,000 for ICS – funds that will enable the school to continue providing crucial academic programs to underserved children.  Congratulations to our ‘All-Star’ readers and to all of our students!

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