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Duck Gets Down With Education

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. -- She looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but Lemon doesn't really walk like a duck.

She was hatched two years ago in Laura Backman's kindergarten class at Melville Elementary in Portsmouth, but a neurological disorder prevents the duck from walking.

Backman and her students brainstormed and came up with the idea for a little duck scooter.

You could say Lemon is one lucky duck. Not only did Backman adopt her, but the diapered duck lives in Backman's home and comes to school with her every day.

The kids love Lemon and learn from her.

"I think it provides a really good introduction to disabilities and how all life is important," Backman said. "It doesn't matter if you're a duck or a person, we're all important."

Backman said she hopes to spread that message to students everywhere. She's written a book, which will come out in early fall, called "Lemon the Duck."

While Backman worries about Lemon's health, she knows the duck's legacy will live on -- teaching young people important concepts about acceptance and disabilities.

Laura said she will dedicate the book to her father, who was also disabled.

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