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Photo Friday: Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service

April 12, 2013

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On Tuesday, April 9 Mayor’s across the country celebrated the first “Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service,” to spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve. [Baton Rouge] Mayor-President Kip Holden was one of more than 800 mayors who joined the first-ever Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service – a bi-partisan  effort across the country to take the time to recognize the impact of national service in our cities and thank those who serve.

Mayor Holden issued a proclamation at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 10 to honor more than 390 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serving in more than 78 locations throughout the greater Baton Rouge area. He shared, “as Mayor, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice from all of you – who are helping make our great city stronger, safer, and healthier.  I have seen their impact first-hand, and can’t thank them enough for their impact on this community.”

Chief Service Officer, Kia Bickham, stated, “you don’t hear their stories on the nightly news, but everyday they head out, quietly and without fanfare, to improve lives and strengthen communities. That is why I am honored to stand here today to recognize their service to this community.”  Pam Olson and Vickie Schenk with the Corporation for National and Community Service, along with Janet Pace from Volunteer Louisiana accepted the proclamation. City Year Baton Rouge corps members along with representatives from Our Lady of the Lake Senior Companion Program, Teach for America, Catholic Charities and the Foster Grandparent Program, Louisiana Delta Service Corps and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge were recognized for doing their part to strengthen our city through service and volunteering.

We are grateful to the City of Baton Rouge, Mayor-President Holden, Volunteer Louisiana, and the Corporation for National and Community Service for making our service to the students of East Baton Rouge Parish possible.

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