FAIR LAWN, NJ - After hearing about Mayor Kurt Peluso in school, second-grader Valentina De Lucia could only think of one thing: being mayor herself.
Peluso and his wife Linda met Valentina at a barbeque with her mother, Giovanna, and as Peluso has done on several other occassions, he asked the aspiring young lady to be Mayor for a Day.
So the mayor and council named July 17 Valentina De Lucia Day, the day after she sat along side Mayor Peluso at the July 16 council meeting.
"I met this awesome little girl Valentina at a BBQ who had learned about the mayor of Fair Lawn in school," Linda Peluso wrote on Facebook. "And she was a big fan! Kurt asked her to be mayor for the day and she did amazing! As a teacher, I live for moments that create authentic opportunities for kids to live and brings them that much closer to reaching their goals!"
Valentina's mother responded on Facebook with the following comment: "This was truly an amazing experience for our little girl. Thank you Linda Lamadrid-Peluso and Mayor Kurt Peluso for all you did to make this happen for Valentina. We are truly grateful."