APPLING COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Two students from Appling County High School got a unique experience this week during Georgia Cities Week.
Baxley’s “Mayor for a Day” is about more than just dressing up and hanging out at City Hall with grownups. It’s getting a “grown up” look at how local government works, even in a small town.
Carsen Morris and Cait Fowler traded a day at Appling County High for City Hall to serve - one as mayor and the other as city manager.
“In the very beginning, I was getting information overload because I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t know all the responsibilities of the mayor,” Morris said.
“I didn’t know what all went into our city. There are so many responsibilities and things you don’t realize take place,” Fowler said.
They went to meetings, met city employees, and saw all the things the city keeps running. Both said it opened their eyes to appreciate those who work there and those who serve.
“They may ride by City Hall or see a city truck or somebody doing city work, and they really don’t see what goes on behind the scenes,” said Mayor Tim Varnadore, City of Baxley.
City leaders already plan to do this again next year.
The city has traditionally focused this week on younger students with an essay contest and trivia bowl, but this year, they wanted to expand it to older students to give them a better understanding of City Hall.