Jordyn Saxfield just won the Newark Police Department trading card contest. What’s she going to do next?
She’s going to Disney World, of course.
The 7-year-old Newark girl and her family received the exciting news Saturday during NPD’s 150th anniversary celebration at police headquarters. The grand prize announcement was the culmination of the six-week trading card program, which invited local kids to collect cards featuring NPD officers, K-9s and specialized units.
Officers gave out tens of thousands of cards at “officer of the day” events held at local businesses. Kids could also get cards by stopping by the police station or approaching officers out in the community.
“Community involvement is the cornerstone of our agency, and an example of this is our police trading card project,” Deputy Chief Mark Farrall said. “Our hope is each of these encounters left a lasting impression on those children that will hopefully formulate their impressions of our law enforcement professionals.”
This is the fifth time NPD has done the project, which was funded through donations from more than 30 businesses and organizations.
A total of 132 kids qualified for the prize drawing by collecting all 100 cards. Approximately a dozen children won bikes from Bike Line or skateboards from Switch.
Jordyn, though, won the grand prize, a trip to Disney. Moments after receiving her prize, she described feeling “surprised and scared” when she heard her name called.
“I was scared because I was shy and everyone was looking at me,” she said.
But, she quickly perked up as she thought about her pending trip to Orlando. The Downes Elementary School first-grader is already a Disney veteran after visiting a couple years ago. She especially enjoys the roller coasters, she said.
Jordyn said the secret to her card collection success was persistence.
“We went to every single police event and came to the police station,” she said.
The prize, donated by AAA Mid-Atlantic, was meant to be a trip for four. However, upon learning Jordyn comes from a big family, the company agreed to pick up the tab for all seven members to go.
“With so many kids participating, to get the one grand prize is special,” Jordyn’s mom, Laura, said. “She was excited getting to interact with the officers and see them in a social setting,”
Besides the trip, Jordyn came away with an important lesson, Laura said.
“That cops are good people and there to support the community,” she said.