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My Way
My Way
Hey, there’s the newspaper guy!

by CJ Carnacchio

June 15, 2011

Every week, the Oxford Leader is chock-full of photographs of K-12 students winning awards, participating in special events or projects, engaging in classroom activities, playing sports, acting silly, etc.

This week you'll notice a ton more photo pages than usual.

That's because school ended a week earlier this year and everybody tried to cram every event they could possibly think of into just a few days.

But that's okay because I really do enjoy taking photos of your kids and publishing them.

I love it when parents and kids come up to me and thank me for putting them in the newspaper.

I love it that my work over the last 12 years can be found in hundreds, if not thousands, of scrapbooks.

I love it when I walk into a classroom and some kid yells, "Hey, there's the newspaper guy" or "Look, the photographer dude's here!"

I love it when the kids come up to me and just start talking about stuff. I can tell you from experience that kids do, in fact, say the darndest things.

Believe it or not, it's a form of therapy for me.

I spend a lot of time dealing with government issues and officials. That means I spend a lot of time talking to people who I know are lying to me or at the very least, trying to hide things from me and the public.

Dealing with all the phonies, all the self-serving who masquerade as the selfless, all the dictatorial-types who seek to protect their little fiefdoms or impose their will on others, really takes a toll on me sometimes.

Being able to escape to the schools and spend time with the kids is my break from all that.

Unlike many adults, most kids don't have any hidden agendas. They don't bad-mouth you behind your back or try to get you to join their "team."

Kids are generally very honest. What you see is what you get. They don't put on airs. It's too bad so many of them will lose that innocence and genuineness when they grow up, especially those who enter politics and public relations – professions of the Damned.

Anyway, I just wanted all the parents out there to know that I couldn't get your kids in the newspaper week after week without a ton of help from school folks.

I want to thank all the secretaries, teachers and administrators who call or e-mail me on a regular basis with news tips and photo opportunities.

I want to thank all the secretaries, teachers and administrators who take the time to identify students whenever I send them e-mails filled with photos I've snapped.

I want to thank all the secretaries, teachers and administrators who place a high value on getting their students in the community newspaper each week.

The Oxford Leader has the best school coverage because it's truly a cooperative effort.

Sure, I spend many of my days, nights and weekends covering the events, but without all the support I receive there wouldn't be editions of the paper like this one.

Enjoy your summer. See you all in the fall.