Mayor Rothschild Shares Ideals of Cooperation and Compassion

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild shared a message of cooperation at Tucson Medical Center’s pediatric unit Tuesday morning.

Rothschild, the father of three adult children himself, hosted storytime at TMC for Children as part of the nonprofit hospital’s Fathers Read program, designed to encourage men to become more directly involved in their children’s education.

The mayor read about a little blue truck venturing into the big city and encountering short tempers and egos as big as skyscrapers.

Only when the mayor’s limousine breaks down does the little blue clunker get a chance to shine by giving the mayor a lift and helping the other, now-chastened vehicles organize for the parade procession in a mannerly way.

Rothschild noted that unlike the setting in “Little Blue Truck Leads the Way,” Tucson doesn’t have much in the way of skyscrapers and an old Prius stands in for a limousine.

But the message was clear, he said. “The little blue truck was just an ordinary citizen with a suggestion and the mayor heard it and he figured out it was a good idea,” he said, adding other citizens got together behind the effort and it all worked out.

“The moral of the story is if, instead of fighting and wanting to get ahead and being selfish, if we all cooperate and we all work toward the same thing, it works out a lot better in the city.”

“I’m going to remember that, especially today for my City Council meeting,” he quipped.

Rothschild, who also read The Human Race, pulled a lesson from that story, too, which is built on the premise of helping one another.

“I think just by trying everyday to do a little bit for whoever you can, you can make the world better,” he said.

Rothschild said he supports the literacy effort because he always tried to instill in his children the importance of reading.

“I told them it would open doors for them,” he said. But it’s not just about saying the words, he said, but acting on them as well.

“The important thing for parents is to model those behaviors and teach by example, so children see their parents care about education.”

The mayor also answered a couple quick questions about reading:

  • Favorite book: Treasure Island
  • Best Tip to Engage Kids in Reading: Read out loud to your children.
  • Best Educational Advice Your Dad Ever Gave You: Just do it.
  • What I wish I knew then… Don’t be afraid to fail.
  • If you could be a character in a book, who would you be? Tom Sawyer

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