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Future leaders must understand how government works. Civics education is critical for young people, and municipal elected officials play a key role in that process.

 

salver-for-web-2019Florida League of Cities President Isaac Salver, council member for the Town of Bay Harbor Islands, believes that civics education is critical for young people, and he believes municipal elected officials play a key role in that process. His president’s initiative, Readers2Leaders, focuses on connecting students to cities through reading and resources.

Education is a priority for Salver. His mother was a Holocaust survivor from Poland, and his father was an immigrant from Cuba. Salver’s mother spoke three languages, but she couldn’t read. She was unable to help Salver with his homework, but she and her husband were determined that their children were going to be educated. The education he received and the books he read laid the groundwork for his life’s work and his passion for public service.

President Salver’s initiative builds on the success of campaigns from previous League presidents. Gil Ziffer promoted the Let Cities Work campaign to tell legislators to take their hands off Home Rule. Bartow City Commissioner Leo E. Longworth helped to take that message to Florida’s citizens. Municipal leaders will continue to engage state lawmakers and city residents, and Salver’s initiative will keep the momentum going. Elected city officials will tell children from an early age about the importance of the cities they live in and the key role that government has in shaping their lives.  

“The City That Talks,” a fully illustrated children's book, is the flagship project of President Salver's Readers2Leaders initiative. Digital versions of the book are available below in English, Spanish and Creole. 

With many people working from home and looking for ways to educate and entertain children, digital versions of “The City That Talks” children’s book can be a great resource to help our youngest residents understand city services with a fun and friendly story. 

The City That Talks Children's Book Front Cover

The second edition of “The City That Talks” has been mailed to every elected official, city manager and city clerk.

This book, and the digital versions available in multiple languages below, presents an excellent opportunity for children in your community to better understand those who lead on the front lines and who continue providing essential services in challenging times.

Additional copies of the children's book may be purchased for $4.99 each. Click on the payment method of your choice to purchase your copy of “The City That Talks.” Pay by Credit Card │ Pay by Check
English Version
Spanish Version
Creole Version

In the book, a teacher asks, “What is the best thing about our city?” A student goes looking for the answer. Different parts of her city love to talk and tell her why they are the best. As the book progresses, she explores and finds out that cities have a voice. The book is targeted for ages 4-8, so it’s appropriate for children in pre-kindergarten through second grade.

 

Coloring sheets and “Tell a Story” sheets modeled after the popular Mad Libs series, along with other resources, can be printed and enjoyed anywhere. There’s a City Activity Book for elementary students that includes a dot-to-dot activity, a crossword puzzle, trivia and more.

 

You can use the digital books and other Readers2Leaders resources to teach while enjoying fun activities with the city leaders of tomorrow.


Readers2Leaders Resources by Grade Level


MuniMentor Program (All Ages)
Mentoring students is important and has the power to impact a student’s academic and personal life. Mentoring matches the volunteer mentor one-on-one with a student. He/she usually meets with the student at least once a week, spending 30 minutes to one hour with the student.