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LD 13 - Legislator Robert Trotta

Posted on: October 27, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Legislator Trotta Congratulates Kings Park's Mackenzie Clarke for Creating the McDermott Garden


(Smithtown, NY)…Mackenzie Clarke of Kings Park and a graduate of the Fort Salonga Elementary School designed and constructed a beautiful garden at her alma mater in memory of the Kings Park School District’s late physical education teacher, Michael McDermott. “It is wonderful that Mackenzie created a lasting tribute for Michael, who was so loved by everyone.  Students, staff and teachers enjoy spending time there,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, who represents the area.  Mackenzie did this project, suggested by her Troop 2670 leader Irene Gilbert, to complete the requirements for her Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor one can achieve as a Cadette Girl Scout. This award exemplifies the values of leadership, character and service that are inherent in Girl Scouts.


Mackenzie received tremendous support from the Kings Park business community to complete her project, which included the following donations:  

  • fencing and  gate from Eastern Wholesale Fence
  • installation of fence and gate by Kings Park Fence
  • stepping stone by Art Stone & Memorial
  •  Stefan Rosen, Technology Teacher at the Kings Park School district, made and supplied the sign
  • planters, plants and other gardening supplies from Lowes of Commack and its “Heroes Hands On Hearts In” team of employees


 “I must applaud our local business for continually being so generous and for always stepping up to the plate. The support and involvement of Stephanie Montecalvo, the principal of the Fort Salonga Elementary School, is a testament to her dedication to her students, their families and the community,” added Legislator Trotta.





Pictured inside the Michael McDermott Memorial Garden are from left, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, Principal Stephanie Montecalvo Mackenzie Clarke and her mother, Peggy Clarke.

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