PARSIPPANY — On Thursday March 22, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano took the time out of his busy schedule to visit with the Northvail School third graders. The third grade is currently learning about their local government. He explained to the children how as Mayor he works with all of the township’s departments and services such as the town administrators, police and fire departments, parks and recreation, and utilities.
The children were given the opportunity to ask Mayor Soriano questions about his job as Mayor. He took the time to answer each of their questions. One student asked, “What is the most difficult task you have had as Mayor so far?” He told the children about a recent challenge helping the hundreds of residents who were left without power during the recent snowstorm. Mayor Soriano spoke to the power company throughout the restoration period and even went personally to assist older community members shovel their driveways. Another student asked “What do you want the people living in the community to do for Parsippany?” He encouraged the students to volunteer in the community and help their neighbors whenever possible.
He also offered the students advice by quoting one of his favorite quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” He explained to the children that they should try to find the positive in any given situation and always face challenges and conflict with a positive attitude and kindness.
The third-grade teachers Mrs. Diggle, Mrs. Garcia and Mrs. Messier would like to thank the Mayor for sharing his time with the children. The students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet Mayor Soriano and learning about his role as a leader in our community.