Arlington city, school leaders post group selfies on social media

05/12/2014 2:23 PM

05/12/2014 2:24 PM

Ellen famously did it with A-listers at this year’s Oscars. Barack Obama snapped one with fellow world leaders. So why can’t Arlington school and city leaders have a little fun with group selfies, too?

Not long after Ellen’s Oscar group pic went viral, the City Council put away the PowerPoint presentations and budget worksheet for a moment to pose for a group selfie during a half-day planning retreat March 25 at the Arlington Convention Center.

“The council selfie seemed like a fun way to engage our social media followers and show a more lighthearted, real-people side of city government,” said Renée MacQuaid, Arlington’s communication coordinator.

Council leaders challenged Arlington school district trustees to pose for their own group selfie. After a few attempts at its May 1 meeting, the board captured (almost) everyone’s smiling face, although Trustee Aaron Reich was nearly crowded out.

“Almost all of our students take selfies any chance they can. The City Council took a selfie and challenged us to one of social media,” said board President Bowie Hogg, who took the pic with his cellphone. “We thought we would meet the challenge from the City Council and also let our students know we know how to take selfies as a group.”

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