Mayor McNamara helps elementary students learn about Rockford's history

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- One person alone can't change the community. It takes many people to spark change.

That's the message Rockford mayor Tom McNamara had for third grade students at Welsh Elementary School on Monday.

As part of the school's integrated literacy curriculum, the students are learning about the city's history. McNamara spoke to three third grade classes about how the city operates and how many people work together to improve our community.

He says speaking to the youth in our city is important, and he wants to be able to make an impact on them.

"A third grader, a fourth grader, even a high school student, it means a lot to them," McNamara said. "If I can do anything to help boost their spirits, or help let them know that our entire city cares about their education, and cares about who they're becoming, I think that's incumbent and part of my job."

McNamara says the students asked thoughtful questions, and sometimes bring up concerns that their parents may have. He will be speaking at East High School on Tuesday.