I have previously discussed how I tutor with the Chicago Lights Tutoring Organization (see posts of August 8 and 9, 2011, and January 26, 2012) and how I write plays for students to read. (See www.chicagolights.org)
Several weeks ago, I wrote a play for my student (Jordan) where he played an NBC co-anchor for the 10:00 pm news. At the conclusion of the “broadcast,” he invited viewers to tune in next week for an interview with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. At the end of our session, Jordan asked if I would write a play where he interviewed the Mayor. So I did. I sent a copy to Chicago Lights’ administrators so they might use it with other students. They liked it – and sent a copy to the Mayor’s office. Long story short – the Mayor asked to meet Jordan and me.
A few weeks ago, Jordan, his parents, the administrator of the Chicago Lights Tutoring Program and I spent about 40 minutes with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He was a gentleman, didn’t rush us, showed Jordan around his office (and let Jordan sit in his chair – at his desk), and he read the whole play – interacting with Jordan. Jordan read perfectly!! The Mayor asked a lot of questions of Jordan and his parents. And then he inscribed – and signed – Jordan’s copy of the play. He signed mine too. 🙂 He liked a line from the play which went “There is no finish line for improvement.” He told Jordan to listen for that phrase in the coming weeks since he said he would use it – and perhaps say “my friend Jordan says ‘there is no finish line . . . .'” That, he said, might have reporters going “who is this ‘Jordan’ fellow“? Pretty cool. . . .