One third grade class at Thurman Francis Arts Academy in Smyrna has been studying how local government works.
For homework, students have visited mayors, fire fighters, and other city officials in the neighbor towns of La Vergne and Smyrna.
Rhonda Halimi was so impressed with one student’s project featuring La Vergne Mayor Senna Mosley that she contacted the mayor and asked her to visit the classroom Tuesday, Feb. 15.
“How did you know you wanted to be mayor?” asked one student.
The mayor explained that it was the need for more schools in the northern portion of Rutherford County that got her started.
“I ran for school board and did not win that election,” said Mosley. “But I did not give up. I knew I could help our students and our schools as a city council member too, so I ran for that office and won.”
“What do you like best about your job?” another student wanted to know.
“I work a lot with budgets and laws,” Mosley explained. “But when I can roll up my sleeves and help people with their problems, that’s the best part of being mayor.”
The mayor invited students to bring their families to La Vegne City Hall to visit and gave official city pins as mementos.