Kenney says his weekly school visits remind him of what’s important

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is wrapping up his first year in office (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is wrapping up his first year in office (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

The end of Mayor Jim Kenney’s first year in office is almost here.  

Philadelpha’s chief executive still believes he has plenty of work to do.

On January 4th Jim Kenney will have been mayor for a year, and he says during his time in the job he’s found the good in the children of the city.

“It’s been a momentus year,” he said. “There’s been a lot of success and some disappointment.  But the thing that has been cemented in my own mind in the last year, that has been totally proven to me beyond a doubt, [is] that every single child in this city can succeed.”

Kenney says he makes it part of each week to go to a city school.

“In an effort to maintain my sanity I have to go to a school every week to remind myself as to why we do what we do,” he said.

The mayor’s soda tax initiative takes effect next year. It’s designed to help fund his goal of providing pre-K for every child in the city.

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