According to principal Nancy Cohen, it was a toss-up as to who was more excited, the students or the staff-when current and former L.A. Dodgers players paid a visit to Frances Blend School for the Blind last month. The stop was just one of many on the ninth annual Community Caravan, a program that allows members of the ball club to give back to the community.
Ten players, along with broadcaster Charley Steiner, arrived at the school at 5210 Clinton St. bearing gifts of hats, blankets and lunch bags with the Dodgers’ logo, which they signed for staffers.
First baseman James Loney played outside, descending side by side down a slide with a young student. Pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who recently signed a two-year, $19 million contract with the team, counted aloud while stirring cake batter with children in the daily living skills lab.
Among other players were Javy Guerra, Jerry Hairston and Josh Lindblom as well as Dodger alumni Bobby Castillo, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Kenny Landreaux, Derrel Thomas, Fernando Valenzuela and Maury Wills.
The kids were excited, and so were the Dodgers, “who were wonderful with the students and enchanted by them,” said Cohen.
“It was a special morning,” she added. “The kids will never forget this, and are going to be talking about it for years to come.”