Take Your Kid to Work Day has been a national “holiday” for 14 years now and Philadelphia is one of the places that does it right. I can definitely see why and how it stood the test of time. It gives kids a chance to see what their parents do for a living and give them inspiration for what they want to be in life. Personally, this day has shown me what I would like to be when I grow up, a reporter.
Over the years, I have gone to Take Your Kid To Work Day to the PHL17 studio with my Uncle Tony Romeo, but this year we did something a little different. Instead of just relaxing in the cozy confines of the wonderful west Philadelphia station, we took Take Your Kid To Work Day all the way to Center City. We took the train from my hometown in South Jersey into the 8th and Market Street Station in Philadelphia, all the way to City Hall.
Today wasn’t just any normal day at City Hall. Today, Mayor Jim Kenney was going to declare April 28th, Take Your Kid To Work Day for Philadelphia. Luckily, we sent videos of my Kid Reporter clips at Philadelphia Wizard World. These clips got in the hands of Randy Giancaterino, an amazing guy, who just so happened to be the PR Director of The Special Events Department of Philadelphia. He liked the videos so much, that he invited my Uncle Tony and I, to come to the event, and interview Mayor Kenney of Philadelphia.
We got to City Hall around 9:30 a.m. We were taken up to Mayor’s Reception room 202 to meet Randy and Sheila Hess, City Representative. Were taken into the Mayor's Reception room, and placed next to people from all different stations. I was very surprised by the turnout of the event. Kids of people who worked in the building, and foster kids from Philadelphia gathered and filled up the whole room. In the beginning, Sheila stood in front of the podium, and asked all of the kids questions about where they wanted go to college, what they wanted to be when they grew up, and how they would start their own business if they ever had the chance.
After Sheila was done asking questions, a surprise had been brought my way. I had been asked to go speak in front of the people at the event, and ask the other kids questions. At this point, my stomach had dropped. This was a shock to me and my Uncle Tony because we had nothing prepared for this part. We were just told that we would maybe get to interview Mayor Kenney. So, I casually walked up to the podium like I knew exactly what was going on. I just started speaking off the top of my head. I said what a wonderful thing Take Your Kid To Work Day is, I asked the kids some questions, and went back to where I was sitting.
Then the event was about to end. All of the kids had gotten their photos with Mayor Kenney, and just about all of the guests had left. But, there was still one thing that hadn’t been done. The interview. This was what I had been waiting for all morning. Until everyone had left, I was talking to Sheila. She was incredible, and an amazing person. We talked about some different things. She even ended up following me on Instagram by the end of the day. Then they told me that the mayor was ready for me to talk to him and do the interview.
I walked towards him as he greeted me with an opened hand, and a welcoming smile. We had talked for a few minutes before everyone got everything set up, so I got a little more comfortable with asking him questions. The interview was short, sweet, and so much fun. It was one of my favorite interviews that I have ever done. One reason was because Mayor Kenney is one of the most famous people I have interviewed, but mostly because he is such an amazing person. He was an incredible guy to interview and so great to talk with.
Oh, and I know what your thinking. Why should a kid from New Jersey be interviewing the Mayor of Philadelphia? Shouldn’t a Philadelphia Native be tasked with this job? Well, most of my family is from South Philly, so basically, I have more Philadelphia roots in me than I do New Jersey.
Like I stated before. Take Your Kid To Work Day is an awesome day that kids get to share with someone that they are close to. I personally think that this day should be celebrated and recognized all over the world, just as much as Philadelphia. Overall, It was a great day, and I can’t wait to do something like it again.
BY NICK VITALE
Jr Reporter PHL17
PS. Here is a behind the scenes video we put together as well.