By John Lynds
For two years the Donald McKay School in East Boston has partnered with KO Pies at the Boston Shipyard and Marina on Marginal Street to host a fun-filled event that raises money for the school.
Back on Nov. 4 the school’s staff and community supporters headed down to KO Pies to take part in the ‘Hipster Olympics.’ The day-long event included lawn games, food, prizes and the chance to help a local school and its students.
KO Pies owner, Sam Jackson, partnered with Downeast Cider and the Harpoon Brewery and created a special menu during the Hipster Olympics. Attendees participated in the event then had the opportunity to pick items off the special menu, which included some of KO Pie’s famous Aussie meat pies, beer from Harpoon and cider from Downeast. All the proceeds from their special menu were then collected and donated to the McKay School.
“It is always great to work with the school and our friends and neighbors at Harpoon Brewery and Downeast cider,” said Jackson. “The Hipster Olympics is a fun way for us and all our supportive neighborhood customers to get involved and give a little back to the community. It is a fun day and an event we hope to make an annual part of the KO calendar. Getting to go to the school and interact with the kids and teaching staff to see how much the donation means to them is awesome as it shows the immediate, real impact something like this does for a local school.”
Last Thursday, Jackson dropped the check totaling $1,100 to the school. There ,Jackson talked with students, gave them a little lesson on his home country of Australia, and was thanked by the School Principal, Jordan Weymer.
“The McKay School is so fortunate to have the support of so many community partners like KO Pies,” said Weymer. “KO’s donation will be used to purchase new classroom furniture for students at the McKay as we continue to create a welcoming, safe space for our students and families. We are so appreciative of Sam and his staff’s generosity.”