HAZARD — AmeriCorps service members took part in an early celebration of Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service by visiting Mayor Jimmy Lindon at City Hall on March 23. The small ceremony took place inside Mayor Lindon’s office.
Coordinator John Schroader exchanged introductions with Mayor Lindon and gave him an explanation of what the Mentor Program does.
The AmeriCorps Mentor Program serves schools with persistent low achieving (PLA) by mentoring students. The goal of the program is to get schools out of PLA by improving attendance and grades. Currently, Perry County Central High School is the only school in Perry County that participates in the Mentor Program.
Mayor Lindon discussed the importance of education has on the areas that have been affected by the loss of coal related jobs. He urged the service members to continue their education and urged them explain the importance education to their students.
Community service was another topic Mayor Lindon touched upon during the celebration. He told the service members how vital it is to Hazard and Perry County that people volunteer in the community.
The mentors told Mayor Lindon how they were looking for more places to volunteer. They currently volunteer at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center and they will be helping Hazard Community and Technical College this summer with creating a bike trail in downtown Hazard.
At the end of the celebration, Mayor Lindon thanked them for stopping in and celebrating Mayors Day with him. He told the service members that his door is always open to them.
“Mayor Lindon was very welcoming of us and he was generous with his time to be with us. We are thankful,” said Schroader after the celebration.
Schroader said it was important for AmeriCorps to celebrate Mayors Day, because like AmeriCorps, elected officials serve their community.
He was excited to hear about some of the projects that the City of Hazard is planning and working on.
After the end of the Mayors Day celebration, Mayor Lindon told The Hazard Herald how appreciative he was of AmeriCorps stopping in and celebrating Mayors Day with him.
“That was really rewarding for me. I’m glad that they came and I got the chance to talk to them,” said Mayor Lindon.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.