“A symbol of hope and optimism”—Junior Mayors to preside at City of Flint tree lighting

FLINT, Mich.—Mayor Sheldon Neeley invites the Flint community to attend the traditional tree lighting ceremony at Flint City Hall Monday, December 19 at 5:15 p.m.

This year, the City of Flint’s Junior Mayors will help light the tree. These upper elementary-age students spent a day with Mayor Neeley meeting with senior staff, touring City Hall and the Flint Police Department, and sharing their ideas for running a city.

“The annual tree lighting is an opportunity for young people to understand the importance of giving during this season,” Mayor Neeley said. “Our Junior Mayors are stepping up to provide a symbol of hope and optimism. There is no one better than our youth to lead us.”

In addition to the traditional city tree, three smaller new trees make their debut this year. One has blue lights in honor of Flint police, another has red lights in honor of Flint firefighters, and a third has multi-colored lights to symbolize unity and peace.