NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A student at Rose Park Middle School has been named Nashville Mayor for a Day after participating in a reading challenge over the summer.
“This summer we challenged our kids across Metro to read, read, read. The kids here at Rose Park stepped up to the challenge and they won,” Mayor Barry explained. “They read ferociously.”
After pulling a name from a small bucket, Zachary Cecil earned the title of mayor.
“He’s already told me he’s going to solve transportation, affordable housing and education,” Barry said.
Zachary told News 2 he read seven or eight books over the summer and that the “Where the Red Fern Grows” was his favorite.
“Reading is fun because it takes me somewhere,” he explained. “My teacher is teaching me about making connections in the text and it reminds me of myself.”
When asked what he plans to do on his day with the mayor, he responded, “Make Nashville better.”
More than 7,000 Metro students took part in this year’s summer reading challenge.