Youngsters at East End Head Start Center enjoyed a special treat Monday.
They received a visit from Meridian's mayor. John Robert Smith was invited to read to the pre-schoolers.
"For me, it gets my childlike energy revved up when I spend time with children, what had to be over 100 children," Smith said, "all listening, all full of the excitement of Christmas and all believing in the best that this world has to offer."
Smith chose to read ''The Last Christmas Tree'' and the classic, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.''