Mayor to speak to students about civic involvement
Salisbury Mayor Susan Kluttz is speaking to Salisbury High School students today about civic involvement as part of a national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.
The tribute, ěJFK 50th: Mayors Ask What Youth Can Do,î has been organized by Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Participating mayors will visit local middle and high schools and speak with students regarding Kennedyís legacy of public service and discuss opportunities for civic involvement and local community engagement. In addition, each mayor will provide insight regarding his or her personal path to public service and offer a glimpse at the role of municipal mayor.
The outreach program will run for two weeks and precedes the Jan. 20 anniversary of Kennedyís 1961 inauguration.
ěIt is truly an honor to have this opportunity to share the legacy of President John F. Kennedy with our students,î Kluttz said in a press release. ěKennedyís presidency inspired our nation through his spirit of optimism and his enduring belief in our countryís strength. His vigor and vision provide a constant reminder that there are innumerable opportunities for civic engagement available to us each day.î
Kluttz noted that Harvardís Institute of Politics has provided each classroom teacher with a copy of Kennedyís inaugural address, talking points for the address and Kennedyís call to service.
ěNow more than ever, it is vitally important that we encourage community involvement and public service to our country,î Kluttz said. ěWith the energy, enthusiasm, and vitality of our youth, the legacy of JFK will continue to provide inspiration and enduring hope for our great nation.î
The city of Salisbury and Kluttz were recently recognized in the national publication ěU.S. Mayorî for participation in the Kennedy 50th anniversary program. Schools in the Rowan-Salisbury School System can request a classroom presentation by Kluttz by calling Salisbury City Hall at 704-638-5270.