Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney greets students as they return from holiday break

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney greeted students as they returned from holiday break Monday morning.

Stoney made his first official visit as mayor to a Richmond elementary, middle, and high school. He was joined by School Board Chairman Jeff Bourne during the school visits.

Stoney’s official first day is tomorrow, but he got a jump start by walking through John Marshall High School. His next stop was Martin Luther King Middle School and then concluded his school tour at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School.

Stoney told 8News this will be one of the many visits to Richmond Public Schools throughout his time in office.

“A lot of kids here are excited and ready to get finished with the last semester. I met a lot of great athletes that are on the court or on the football field doing great things here in Richmond. There’s a lot of promise at Richmond Public Schools and I wish them a lot of luck for the remaining 4-5 months,” Stoney said.

His final stop Monday morning was at the Neighborhood Resource Center — rolling up his sleeves and helping with a painting project.

Stoney was sworn in Saturday as the 80th mayor of Richmond.

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