2015-12-23 / Front Page

Mets Host Holiday Party For Local School Kids

By Dan Miller and Joyce Vetere Milowski

Forth grade students from Long Island City’s PS 111 join Mr. and Mrs. Met at Mets holiday party for local school children.

Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESForth grade students from Long Island City’s PS 111 join Mr. and Mrs. Met at Mets holiday party for local school children. Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGES

On December 15 the Acela Club at Citi Field was turned into the North Pole as the New York Mets hosted its annual holiday party for local school children from Queens schools. This year the Mets invited five schools from the borough of Queens to show their appreciation to the children and their families for supporting their hometown heroes .Amongst the schools represented were Intermediate School 8, The Jackie Robinson School from Springfield Gardens and PS 111 from Long Island City.

The children were treated to a box lunch followed by entertainment. Students from three Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Julissa Ferreras, with her son, and State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky joined Santa, aka Mets fireball starting pitcher Steven Matz, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis , Mets new second baseman Neil Walker (#20) and M. and Mrs. Met for Mets annual holiday party for local school children.
Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESQueens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Julissa Ferreras, with her son, and State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky joined Santa, aka Mets fireball starting pitcher Steven Matz, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis , Mets new second baseman Neil Walker (#20) and M. and Mrs. Met for Mets annual holiday party for local school children. Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESdifferent schools were invited up to a stage to perform holiday songs.

Following the musical portion of the program Santa arrived at CitiField ( not early enough to help the Mets win the World Series) though on time to treat the children present to holiday cheer and a special gift for each child.

Santa was played by Mets starting pitcher, fireballer Steven Matz with help from Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mets newcomer second baseman Neil Walker, for whom the Mets traded pitcher Jonathon Niese to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Walker was given number 20, once worn by his father Tom Walker, who played for the Montreal Expos 1972-1974.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, a lifelong Mets fan, joins Mr. and Mrs Met, Santa ( NY Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz), Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and newest Met second baseman Neil Walker at Mets holiday party for local school children.Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESQueens Borough President Melinda Katz, a lifelong Mets fan, joins Mr. and Mrs Met, Santa ( NY Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz), Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and newest Met second baseman Neil Walker at Mets holiday party for local school children.Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESOn hand for the festivities were Queens elected officials, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz,(D) NY State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D,16SD) and Councilmember Julissa Ferreras (D,21CD).

This annual event had home run written all over it. The kids were heard chanting “Let’s Go Mets” as they filed out of Citi Filed.

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