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Ducks in the Community


Third grade student recognized for essay about police officers

(Syosset, N.Y., Jan. 6, 2017) – On Thursday, January 5, the Long Island Ducks kicked off their annual TD Bank “Take a Duck to Class” essay contest visits at A.P. Willits Elementary School. Sophie Jaeyoon Kil, a third grade student at the school, was honored for submitting a winning essay regarding why she believes police officers are heroes in her community.

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During the morning, an assembly was hosted for all of the school’s students. Following opening remarks from Principal James Connolly, members of the Ducks Street Team congratulated Sophie on her wonderful work, which she then read aloud to the entire school. After a thunderous ovation, Sophie was then presented with a $50 Visa gift card by Eric Fishon, TD Bank Vice President of U.S. Field Marketing Strategy, and Olivia Soltan, TD Bank Syosset Store Manager.

Next, Nassau County Police Officer Matthew McCartin showed his appreciation for Sophie choosing police officers as heroes in her community and thanked the students for their support, as they each wore blue clothing that day. Long Island’s favorite mascot, QuackerJack, was then welcomed by the students, many of whom gave him high fives as he entered the gym. Finally, Sophie and her third grade class enjoyed a special autograph and photo session with QuackerJack in their classroom. Everyone received a signature from QJ, was able to meet Officer Matthew and took home a gift bag full of goodies, courtesy of TD Bank.

TD Bank “Take a Duck to Class” essay contestants were able fill out applications on this fall and submit an essay of 250 words or less on the theme “Who is a hero in your community and why?” Four lucky winners were selected from an entry pool that included thousands of essays. Each winner receives an hour-long visit to their school from QuackerJack and the Ducks as well as a Visa gift card from TD Bank.

Here are the remaining winners in this year’s TD Bank “Take a Duck to Class” essay contest and when the Ducks will be visiting their school:

Madelyn Moreno – Kindergarten – Harley Avenue Primary School (East Northport, N.Y.)
Abigail Huners – Fourth Grade – Paumanok Elementary School (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
Georgia Grace Berriola – Fourth Grade – RJO Intermediate School (Kings Park, N.Y.)

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit