Third graders pitch ideas for redevelopment of Clock Tower site to Rockford Mayor


Some Rockford 3rd Graders got a chance to pitch plans for what to do with the former Clock Tower location.

Mayor Tom McNamara visited the Carlson Elementary School, at 4015 Pepper Drive, Thursday morning, to to hear the student’s ideas first hand.

One by one, children lined up to show McNamara their designs for the empty space, which included everything from a homeless shelter to a new resort.

The Mayor said he was impressed by the 3rd Grader’s vision for the community as a whole.

“These young people are already thinking that, regardless of color, regardless of race, regardless of religion, we, in the city of Rockford, need to be a welcoming place, that we care for every person in our city, and that’s something that our administration is working hard to do, but it’s always good to get those reminders in,” McNamara said.

McNamara has toured three schools this week and said he feels it’s important to connect with Rockford’s youth.

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