RACINE — Fault-finders can be the people city leaders hear from the most.
On Wednesday night, however, aldermen and residents got to hear from a group of local children about just why their city is a great place to live.
They were there to help Alderman Melissa Kaprelian-Becker and fellow Belle City in Bloom Committee organizer, Chris Flynn, present to the City Council the award that the city received from America in Bloom this fall.
A nonprofit aimed at promoting nationwide beautification, the group had judges spend two days touring Racine in July as part of its annual America in Bloom competition.
This fall, the committee found out that all the hard work residents, groups and schools had done to beautify the city had paid off. The city won a Criteria Award for Overall Impression.
During the Council meeting, students from 21st Century Preparatory School, 1220 Mound Ave., talked about pulling invasive plants along the Root River, planting vegetables at the Randolph Park community gardens and making their presentation to Mayor John Dickert and the AIB judges.
Flynn later read from AIB’s review of the city, which said that “the judges were almost brought to tears by the presentation given by the students of 21st Century Preparatory School.”
“This is what gets us up every morning,” Dickert said Wednesday following the students’ presentations. “This is what makes us great.”