City leaders honored a local woman for her service to the community.
Eileen Jessen received the city’s monthly “One Albuquerque Citizen Award” on Friday from Mayor Tim Keller and City Councilor Pat Davis.
Jessen, known as “the neighborhood lady,” she has spent years advocating for the South Los Altos Neighborhood. She also works with Hawthorne Elementary to raise the attendance rate.
“They started organizing at 7:00 in the morning, doing doughnuts and breakfast for parents to be sure the parents had a reason to get up and bring their kids to school,” Councilor Davis said.
Jessen also helped organize a bike giveaway for Hawthorne students who don’t miss a day of school, and honor students who improve their grades throughout the year.