‘Celebrity’ reading day was about the kids

Earlier this week I was out at George Hilliard school as a “celebrity” reader along with the likes of Coun. John O’Fee, Terry Sullivan, Ken Christian, Mike Puhallo, Spike Wallace and Bill O’Donovan.

After an assembly with all the kids, we were assigned our classes and off we went. Keith Anderson, one of our Daily News photographers, was there to cover it for the paper. As we walked down the hallway, he asked me if I wanted the picture to be taken of me and my class.

Well, everyone (almost everyone) likes to see their picture in the paper. And, I think the paper should give itself credit for its involvement in the community.

However, it would have been a little self-serving to order up a picture of myself when there were so many other prominent people there that day. So I told Keith to take a photo of Mike Puhallo or Spike Wallace instead.

It’s a not uncommon situation, one that comes up as I do my community thing at various events. Celebrity reading day wasn’t about me or The Daily News,it was about highlighting the importance of literacy and books to our kids,  and was better represented photographically by picturing one of the other community-minded folks who were there.

I must mention, too, that Coun. O’Fee deserves some credit — as do the other readers — for taking an hour and a half out of his day to take part. City council members attend many such functions around town, most of which go unnoticed by the public at large because they aren’t aware of it. It’s just one the things they signed on for when they ran for office.

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