The recreation department and its programs have always played an important role in Alicia Davis' life.
"I participated in city recreation as a cheerleader," said Ms. Davis, a recreation program coordinator for the Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
A native of Effingham, S.C., a suburb or Florence, Ms. Davis was a cheerleader until she was too old to participate in the city program. She studied physical activity management at South Carolina State University before moving to Aiken.
In her position, Ms. Davis plans many of the city's special events, including the Kite Festival, Christmas at Hopelands, the Hopelands Summer Concert Series, the Christmas Arts and Crafts Show, Trick-or-Treat on Newberry Street and Touch-A-Truck Day.
The newest event was the Senior Extravaganza on Sept. 17. It was a huge success, she said.
"Those seniors -- their smiles were priceless. No paycheck can give to me what seeing them happy does," she said.
Since starting with the city two years ago, Ms. Davis has added other new events, such as the Kite Festival. She would like to have an event targeted at teens or be able to include more teens in existing events.
"I feel like they are left out," she said.
Even when she's off the clock, recreation programs are her focus. She is a volunteer cheerleader coach for the Police Athletic League.
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PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE MONTH: ALICIA DAVIS
JOB TITLE: Recreation program coordinator
CITY/COUNTY DEPARTMENT: Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism
JOB DUTIES: Organizing special events in the city
NUMBER OF YEARS IN THIS POSITION: Two
NUMBER OF YEARS WITH THE CITY: Two
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT MY JOB: "Meeting new people," she said.
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