Award-Winning Essay Brings a Duck to Class

Award-Winning Essay Brings a Duck to Class
Congratulations to A.P. Willits Elementary School third-grader Sophie Kil, who is one of just four winners in the Long Island Ducks’ “Take a Duck to Class” essay contest, sponsored by TD Bank and the baseball team. Sophie wrote an essay about the important role police officers play in the community in accordance with the contest theme “Who is a hero in your community and why?”
    
Beloved mascot QuackerJack, Nassau County Second Precinct police officer Matthew McCartin and representatives from the Ducks organization and TD Bank visited the school for a special schoolwide assembly. Following the event, Sophie and her classmates in Kathryn Crown’s class were treated to a special visit from Ducks mascot QuackerJack, in which he presented every class member with a special Long Island Ducks gift bag filled with prizes.
    
Sophie also received a Visa gift card from TD Bank for her award-winning essay. According to the bank representatives, approximately 1,000 essays were submitted to this year’s contest. Great job, Sophie!
    
Sophie, her brother Andrew and parents Ryong and Byung are congratulated here by Ms. Crown, Principal James Connolly, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers, QuackerJack, Officer McCartin and TD Bank representatives Olivia Soltan and Eric Fishon.