Monday, April 14, 2014
Mayor Ricky Burrows joined more than 1, 750 mayors across the country for the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort that highlights the impact of national service in tackling city/town problems.
"National service is a vital resource for the Town of Kingstree," said Mayor Burrows. "Vital Aging's (Foster Grandparents) Senior Corps volunteers make our town a better place to live by serving as positive role models to our town's youth. As mayor, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these citizens, who are helping make our great town stronger, safer, and healthier; through volunteerism."
Mayor Burrows participated in Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, by visiting Williamsburg County Magnet School of the Arts, where Mrs. Sarah Boyd is the principal. During his visitation, Mayor Burrows along with Robert Welch (Vital Aging's Executive Director) read children stories to Mrs. Ruby Faison's, first grade class, where Foster Grandparent volunteer Mrs. Silverteen Mitchum serves, and Mrs. Loretta Turner's 5-K class. Mayor Burrows also signed a Mayors Day resolution, proclaiming April 1, as a National Service Recognition day, recognizing the positive impact of national service in our town and thanking Vital Aging's Foster Grandparents for their service; and giving back to their community. Foster Grandparent Program Director, Ms. Charlene Bradley, stated that "I am proud to be working with Mayor Burrows. Providing vital support to our town's youth and improving the quality of life in our town is important. Vital Aging's Foster Grandparent Program and myself commend Mayor Burrows for working with us in support of national service, so that we may continue to tackle the problems facing the youths of the Town of Kingstree and surrounding areas. In addition, I would like to thank Mrs. Sarah Boyd, principal of WMSBG Co. Magnet School of the Arts for continuous support and partnership of the Foster Grandparent Program." Vital Aging's Foster Grandparent Program has 37 senior volunteers serving approximately 176 students in eight volunteer stations (schools) in Williamsburg County School District, Lane Head Start, and the Boys & Girls Club of the Pee Dee (located in Hemingway). The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in cities, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities. The day is sponsored by Vital Aging of Williamsburg County, Inc. Foster Grandparent Program (locally) the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service, and US Conference of Mayors President Scott Smith, Mayor of Mesa, Arizona.