New York Islanders Daily: School Day 2018

By Matt O'Leary
The New York Islanders logo (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders logo (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The New York Islanders did their annual school trip yesterday brightening up the day’s of elementary school kids on Long Island.

Picture this, you’re in a classroom learning about long division (do they still do that in school? I feel like they do) and all of a sudden your teacher say’s “okay it’s time.” You walk down to the gymnasium and there’s an uproar when three New York Islanders walk through the door.

That was a reality for kids in Merrick and Baldwin yesterday. And here I was getting excited in elementary school when the substitute teacher would let us play seven up, what a chump I was.

Yesterday was the Islanders annual “Isles School Day” and it was a hit as per usual. The Isles sent fan favorite Matt Martin, young stud Mathew Barzal, and captain Anders Lee went to a Merrick school to speak to kids.

If you told elementary school me that Michael Peca, Mark Parrish, and Jason Blake were coming to my school I would’ve been on cloud nine. These kids had an awesome opportunity to meet their heroes and it didn’t stop there.

Baldwin schools had Ryan Pulock and Valtteri Filppula come through their doors. It’s not only a great opportunity for hockey fans but for all kids. The players talked about how important it is to follow your dreams and do what makes you happy. That is enough to make a difference in a young kid’s life and it’s awesome.

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