A not-so-rare opportunity
The nonprofit Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland will hold a forum tonight entitled "Do Something." The goal is a laudable one: to encourage professionals to get involved in improving the Baltimore city schools. (Anyone interested in going can register here. Doors are at 5:30 at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum in Fells Point)
But the sales pitch I'm getting in e-mails and voicemails from a PR firm hired to promote the event is pretty amusing.
"I thought you might be interested in covering the event - or attending out of personal interest - as this is a rare opportunity for the public to engage Dr. Alonso (the featured speaker) outside of 200 East North Avenue," one of the e-mails says.
I've been covering Dr. Alonso for a year now. Every week I get his public schedule, and every week there are several opportunities to see him outside North Avenue. As I've reported previously, he visited or attended PTA meetings at more than 150 schools during his first year on the job and went to dozens of community gatherings.
Which isn't to say tonight's event won't be interesting. It just won't be rare.