After hearing mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel address a crowd of around sixty on lookers in front of Charmer's Café on Saturday morning (thanks, Charmer's owner, Dan Sullivan, for helping make this happen!), I went to the north side office of another mayoral candidate, a progressive candidate who is giving up his spot as City Clerk to pursue his long shot run for mayor, Miguel Del Valle.
A friend of mine is actively working Miguel's campaign office (she actually has the enviable task of working under Katy Hogan), and she encouraged me to attend a pep rally attended by the candidate.
As nice as it was to be able to meet Mr. Del Valle and interview him for a clip on this website, I become one of many (including the candidate) impressed with an initiative undertaken by a series of motivated Sullivan High School students, all volunteering for the Del Valle campaign, who produced a short video regarding an issue dear to their hearts - support of neighborhood public schools.
During his remarks, Del Valle singled out the Sullivan students as he described how proud he was of a one minute video that they produced.
“Their message is clear," said Del Valle. “Here are talented young high school students from a neighborhood high school sending a clear message – And there are plenty more kids like them throughout the city."
In this day when news of after school street fights and vandalism offer us a less than positive impression of Sullivan students, how encouraging to meet and to get to know these talented kids.
They have done their school proud.
And I am sure that Del Valle is right. There are many more students, just like them!
Check out their one minute video: