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DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar Mayor Terry Greenlee had some help running the city on Monday.
Three students from Dunbar Middle School all served as mayors for the day after writing essays about what they'd do if they were running the city.
"He's always busy," noticed Breanna Hensley, 14.
Greenlee said the students thought he just sat behind his desk all day. "I wish I could," he said.
Greenlee said he went to Dunbar Middle School about a month ago and talked to students about his job. He then asked sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade classes to write essays about what they would do if they were mayor. The best essay in each grade won its author a chance to be mayor for a day.
Greenlee said all three students came up with good, civic-minded ideas, and all had ideas to get people out of their homes and into their communities.
Michelle Zhu, 11, proposed a summer festival in Dunbar, a craft club for kids and a community garden, where vegetables could be grown and given to those in need.
Timothy Singletary, 12, wanted to fix potholes around town, have more planning meetings for teachers and build a homeless shelter in town.
"When I was a little kid, me and my parents got kicked out of our house and had to stay in a homeless shelter for about a month," Singletary said. "I wasn't scared, because my parents were there," he said, but the rooms were small and the food wasn't very good.
But the experience showed Singletary the importance of homeless shelters.