BUCKHORN — Pat Wooton is the mayor of Buckhorn. Prior to his tenure as mayor, Wooton served as Sheriff of Perry County and he represented the office of Congressman Hal Rogers. However, Pat Wooton’s impact on the Buckhorn community transcends politics. Wooton was once principal of Buckhorn School. Many elements of Buckhorn that are cherished by, or beneficial to, its citizens today are sustained in some way by a connection to the work and devotion of Pat Wooton.
April 5 was National Service Day. This year representatives from the Corporation for National and Community Service wanted to show appreciation for the influential work of Pat Wooton, and Pat Wooton, in turn, wanted to show appreciation for them. CNCS is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and CNCS also leads the United We Serve initiative. On April 5, Mayor Wooton took part in a ceremony, in which he signed a special proclamation recognizing National Service Day in Buckhorn, and Mayor Wooton was thanked by CNCS for his community service.
“I am proud to be working with Mayor Wooton as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Mayors are leaders who get things done. They know first-hand the value of national service in tackling local problems. I commend Mayor Wooton for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”
CNCS is currently working to set community enhancing efforts into motion for Buckhorn. Mayor Wooton’s proclamation recognizing April 5 as National Service Day stands as a call to those under his leadership to thank folks who devote their lives to helping others, and perhaps take part in an act of community service themselves.
Mayor Wooton made the proclamation official, while standing in front of Buckhorn’s welcome sign, with AmeriCorps Vista Ashley Minter, Senior Corps Rep. Ruth Noble and Senior Corps Rep. Ella Jane Crank standing by his side. All three of the ladies, who gathered to express their appreciation for Mayor Wooton as he signed the proclamation that morning, are conducting their community service work at Buckhorn School through Save the Children.
National Service Day is an effort that has been launched across the country. For more information about National Service Day, including background and a list of participating county officials and mayors, visit NationalService.gov/RecognitionDay.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.