Dallas mayor turns teacher for a day



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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 9:00 PM

DALLAS — It's not every day the mayor of Dallas turns teacher, but this is an exception.

“We help hire the police officers you meet,” Mayor Mike Rawlings told students at the Spanish House Immersion School in Dallas on Tuesday.

The class is about community — from streets and stoplights to firefighters and policeman, it's all inter-connected.

But Mayor Rawlings said younger generations must remain engaged to keep the momentum going.

“Dallas is in a very good place right now; the question is: Will it stay like that in the next 20 years?" the mayor asked. "It's happening right now for them to determine how they're going to be citizens.”

Students at Spanish House are immersed in Spanish, which is why, in part, Rawlings wanted City Council member Philip Kingston to tag along; he speaks Spanish.

From studying about Dallas' leaders to hearing from them, students were excited.

Zane Auer said it was “Kinda cool, because I'd never seen the mayor before!”

It's this kind of personal attention now that Kingston says pays off later.

“Dallas is on fire right now, and if the kids are engaged, they like the city, it provides opportunities," he said. "And where they can create opportunities for themselves, then we have a bright future ahead.”

Just ask Annabelle Clatyon. “¡Me gusta mi communidad!” she said.

Translation: "I love my community!"

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