Mayor Keith Summey pays visit to Eagle Nest

  • Friday, November 15, 2013

Michael Quirk/Journal Scene Mayor Summey sings This Little Light of Mine with the children.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey visited Eagle Nest Elementary School on Tuesday.

Speaking with a group of seven second grade classes, Summey talked about what it is like to work in public service.

“My job in public service is to make each one of your lives better,” he said. “The best part is I get to meet a bunch of interesting people like you guys.”

The mayor of 19 years won the crowd of kids over by telling them his love of school, most notably recess. Summey told a story about when his wife, a former teacher, recognized an old student of hers that now has kids and a white beard.

“She told me one thing that never changes is their eyes. Remember your eyes tell a lot about you and even when you have a full white beard, your teachers will still recognize you.”

He told the students their teachers are working to help develop their light inside and led the students in a rendition of This Little Light of Mine. Summey then gave the students some advice from his time as mayor.

“As the mayor I have 106,000 bosses,” he said drawing laughter from the children. “If you ever get a chance to be a mayor I encourage you to take it. It’s so rewarding to have a chance every day to help somebody.”

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