CROWLEY – Crowley Mayor Greg Jones spoke to an inquisitive group of second graders Thursday afternoon at Ross Elementary School. Jones emphasized the importance how a good education is essential in their lives as well as giving a description on his job requirements.
“Learn all you can now,” said Jones. “You’re teachers want to teach you and you all need to be responsible by obeying the rules and learning your lessons so that when you grow up you will be able to earn a good living and you can be whatever you want.”
Jones went on to describe his job, the people who work alongside him, as well as answering some unique questions.
“What do you do in City Hall,” asked Ross student Ricky Jones.
“Well I’m kind of like Mr. T.J. Sonnier is over here,” he replied in a way the children could relate to. “Kind of like the way he oversees what happens in this school with you guys and the teachers, that’s what I do at City Hall with all the people who work there.”
“How did you become mayor,” asked another student.
“Well I served on the city council for fourteen years,” replied Jones. “And about six years ago I knew I was going to run for mayor.”
“How did you become mayor,” asked another child.
“Well it took a lot of campaigning before the election,” explained Jones. “I think the reason I won was that I knocked on all the doors in Crowley to speak to the citizens about their concerns.”
Some of the questions asked seemed as though they may be tough to answer such as “How do you make dirty water clean?” and “How do you get pipes under the roads?” However, Jones took his time and patiently responded to each of them.
Jones also described the way that laws are created and enforced in the community.
“I don’t make the laws, that’s the city council’s job” he said. “I carry them out and we have a police chief that makes sure they’re enforced.”
Mayor Jones left the kids with some good advice to follow as well.
“Listen to your teachers, get along with the people around you, and don’t take what’s not yours.”
Judging by the amount of hands that stayed raised throughout the meeting, if the teachers had not ended the session, it may have gone on all afternoon.