Michael Pollock Day honors public servant

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 12/18 2013 04:30PM

Updated 12/18 2013 05:21PM

URBANA -- Not all of us are lucky enough to have a day in our honor. Michael Pollock is one of the lucky ones. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine spent the day learning about him.

He's been a public servant to the city all his life. He recently stepped down at Urbana High School on medical leave. The mayor wanted to say thank you.

You might not know a lot about Michael Pollock, but he prefers it that way. He served the City of Urbana for more than 40 years and never asked for anything in return.

"Just to show a token of our appreciation for him, I did the proclamation. Today is Michael Pollock Day in Urbana."

"Today is a day for him that he's honored to have and that he deserves to have, but I know it's not a day he wants in his name, but he deserves every bit of today."

Amy Boscolo is one of Pollock's friends. She prefers to call him her mentor.

"Michael Pollock is probably the best teacher I've ever met. It's a class that when you walk by, it's always music coming out of the room. The door's always wide open."

But, he started out a little late. He changed careers and became a teacher at Urbana High School.

"I think he's really found his true calling as a history and government teacher."

He's been there the past ten years.

"He's just a wonderful person, a great mentor, not only for students, but for staff as well."

The city council wanted to offer a scholarship in his honor, but decided his own day was a better option.

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