Preschooler’s Take Meeting with the Mayor


Preschoolers from the Pioneer Center’s integrated preschool classrooms housed at OU-C’s Early Childhood Development Center tackled one of their biggest meetings of the year earlier this week. The kids sat down with Chillicothe’s new mayor, Luke Feeney, at the City Administration Building in downtown Chillicothe. The meeting has become an annual pilgrimage of sorts, in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which takes place each March.

After presenting the mayor with the latest copy of the Pioneer School yearbook and a t-shirt commemorating DD Awareness Month, the young students got down to business. Several of the students came prepared with questions and were eager to hear the mayor’s response.  Bella, age 5, jumped in first, asking “What is your favorite part about being the mayor?”

The mayor responded with an honest answer that went over well: “Meetings like this!”

Next up was Zavier, asked the following question with assistance from an augmentative communication device: “What’s your favorite color?”

Green was answer – this also went over well, though one of the children seemed to be hoping for an answer that matched her own. Green was obviously not the answer for her.

Finally, Maele asked the name of the mayor’s new baby, who just turned 5 weeks old. For inquiring minds, the baby boy’s name is Collin.

If you have any other questions for the mayor, be sure to attend Mayor Feeney’s Neighborhood Office Hours event at Allen Elementary School later this month, check www.chillicothe.com and check your local media outlets for the time and date.