GARY | Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson officially launched “Breakfast with the Mayor” this month at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy. Students from the Boys to Men Club, Honor Society and Recycling Club joined Freeman-Wilson at the inaugural event April 12.
Several students asked the mayor questions on a variety of topics including job creation and city beautification projects.
“Gary is your city and we expect that one day you will take our roles and continue to move the city forward,” Freeman-Wilson said to the students. “We are working to create an environment where you will want to come back after college and help your hometown.”
Each month, the mayor will visit a school in Gary and have breakfast with students, who will have the chance to ask her questions about city government and Gary’s future, among other topics.
“Since we already have the ‘15 minutes with the Mayor’ program for the adults, I thought we should have a platform for students who also have questions about their city and who want to get involved,” explained Freeman-Wilson.
The idea of “Breakfast with the Mayor” was conceived by Kenneth Stalling, former Gary School Board member and disciplinarian for middle school students at TBLA.
“I wanted our students to be exposed to their city leaders and thought the breakfast program was an easy way to do it,” said Stalling. “The kids are fresh and alert in the morning, and we can catch the mayor before she starts her normal business day.”
The mayor will visit another Gary school in May and continue the program once school resumes in August.