Grand Avenue Middle School eighth grader Luke Fischetti was honored by the Bellmore-Merrick Board of Education at their Jan. 12 meeting for his volunteerism during the Bellmore Lions Club Polar Express event held in early December.
In partnership of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District and the Community Cupboard, the Lions Club Holiday Polar Express hosted 575 children who received donated toys and other items.
This annual free event is under direction and guidance of Lion Past District Governor, Nina Lanci, who has chaired the event for the past seven years.
Fischetti used $200 of his own money to make baseball card gift packages to give out to deserving children.
“When Luke went to the baseball card store, the owner heard what he was doing and decided to match Luke’s contribution,” explained Lanci, who also serves as a member of the North Bellmore and Central High School District school boards. “Luke spent the entire day at the Polar Express event giving out his packages and helping the community.”
Photo caption: Board President Edward Corona, Superintendent Michael Harrington, Luke Fischetti and board trustee Nina Lanci.
Photo courtesy of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District