By Tia Lynn Lecorchick, managing editor
Madison Mayor Fred Perriman popped into Morgan County Primary School this week to give young students some insight about all the responsibilities of the mayor and to encourage kids to stay in school and study hard for their futures.
“I enjoy politics, I enjoy my spiritual life, I enjoy working in the community, and most of all I love to see great boys and girls in school trying to make the best better. You have got to study real hard because you might get a scholarship and you can go to college, so you can get a good job,” said Perriman. “It starts now.”
Second-Grader Theissan Taylor lives in the same neighborhood as Perriman and when he told his class that, they all wanted the mayor to come for a visit.
MCPS second-graders are currently learning about nature of government and since it is also Black History month, the students are also learning about African Americans who have made contributions to our government.
The class sought out Fred Perriman to share about his government role to the students.
“As Madison’s first-ever black mayor, it seemed fitting to have Mr. Perriman come to talk to the kids about government,” said Diane Veasley, para-pro for MCPS. “I am so happy to be part of ONE Morgan. Everybody looks out for each other and takes care of each other. It means so much to the kids to have the mayor come in and speak with them.” Perriman informed the children about what he does for the city of Madison as the mayor. “This isn’t a one man show,” insisted Perriman.
“There are five city council members to represent each of the city’s districts and they are the ones who get to vote and make most of the decisions together. I only get to vote if there is a tie.” Perriman explained to the children that the city council’s job is to make sure the roads are paved, to set the speed limits in neighborhoods and near schools, setting gas and water rates and taxes. “It’s all about keeping the city running smoothly,” explained Perriman.
“Great citizens like you, great citizens like your moms and great citizens like your dads help pay to keep things running smoothly. Most of the time, I spend a lot of time at city hall, talking with the council members to see what is good and best for our city. We try to strategize how to keep the cost of living low. We try to figure out ways to keep things to a minimum so your mom and dads can be happier.”
The kids enjoyed Perriman’s talked and expressed their love for Madison. Some of the things the kids shouted out in response to Perriman’s question “why do you love living in Madison,” were that Madison has good churches, good restaurants, and good jobs. “It’s wonderful to see all your smiling faces,” said Perriman. “Thank you again for having me here today.”