Carnegie mayor selects child to light borough tree
Eddie Wilson loves Batman, Scooby Doo and swimming, and he will play “Angry Birds” on his mother's cellphone for hours.
He also likes firetrucks and Santa — two things he will get to combine Friday night, when Santa arrives in Carnegie on a firetruck.
Friday will be special for other reasons, too.
The Carnegie Elementary first-grader has been chosen to light the borough tree Friday at Carnegie's annual Light Up Night.
“He'll be excited,” said Eddie's father, Ken, a lifelong Carnegie resident. “He'll probably be jumping up and down and waving his hands.”
Eddie, 7, is in autistic-support classes at Carnegie and falls into the autism spectrum of disorders.
“He doesn't really understand that he's going to get to do this,” Ken said. “We can tell him, but it will be just another day. Once we get there, he'll be excited, but it makes it rough; you want to see him be excited about it all week.”
The honor was bestowed upon Eddie by Carnegie mayor Jack Kobistek, who each year chooses a child to light the tree.
“To me, that's what Christmas is all about,” he said. “To have a young child light the tree — that's what they get excited about.”
Eddie will be honored with a special proclamation read at school Friday morning. He also will be declared mayor for the day and will get to wear a medal to that effect. The proclamation will be read again at Light Up Night.
Like most 7-year-olds, Eddie fights with his sister, Carlynton seventh-grader Kayla Wilson, an honors student who received an arts scholarship last year.
Their mother, Gretchen, called them her “celebrity children.”
Eddie also likes school — he loves riding the bus, Gretchen said — and he loves technology.
“He's very technology driven,” she said. “He helps other kids at school with the computer.”
Since he became mayor four years ago, Kobistek has chosen a special-needs student to light the tree rather than do it himself.
“I think that it's very pure to see the true excitement and true innocence they bring to the task,” he said. “Christmas is such a special time of year, and children with special needs are really a gift.”
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or email@example.com.
Add Megan Guza to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Feedback sought for Chartiers Valley school project
- Carnegie elementary students gear up for STEEL campaign
- iPads will help South Fayette students learn at school, home
- Lauded doctor has ties to Carnegie area
- Organizer hopes to widen South Fayette’s Circle of Friends
- Carnegie’s Volunteer Fire Department 5K gets green light despite closures