Let's hear it for Lakeville Mayor Matt Little.
Over the past two weeks, he has been connecting with and congratulating the city's young residents by attending as many graduation parties as possible.
The 30-year-old mayor – who has previously hit the headlines for his attempts to bring Chipotle to his city – was inundated with invitations from students to attend their grad party after he put out a call for requests on social media.
FOX 9 asked the mayor whether this was just a ploy to sample some free food, and while he did enjoy the fare, he said his main motivation was learning more about Lakeville's citizens and to show younger residents the benefits of public service.
"It's not this big, scary thing to be in office, right?" he told FOX 9. "It's something normal that regular people do at a young age. Right? They have different opinions. And that's important. They are the future."
Mayor Little has been sharing pictures taken at the parties on his Twitter page, as he played lawn games and ping pong with students, and spoke some city politics with them and their parents. And while the food was excellent, after attending so many parties he had to limit his intake.
His efforts have been greatly appreciated in the city, with mother Wendy Anderson writing to the Sun Thisweek to thank him for his attendance at her daughter's party.
"He had just gotten back from a trip to China the night before," she wrote. "He stayed for over and hour and talked with guests then off to more parties. It was a highlight for Grace to meet the mayor at her graduation party."