The Havilah Road Preschool Centre was treated to a visit from the Bendigo mayor after working through a string of activities.
The children petitioned City of Greater Bendigo mayor Jennifer Alden to visit the centre after reading the picture story book Mrs Honey's Tree and becoming fascinated by the mayor character.
Teacher Gail Dwyer said the story book was based on true events from 1889.
"We've been reading it every year for the seven years I've been here and this year the children zeroed-in on the role of the mayor," she said.
"We wanted to show the kids that when they try, they can achieve and so we started a petition to get the Bendigo mayor to come in.
"It's a way to show the kids when you start something, you can finish it."
The children created a tree mural to welcome Cr Alden and all wore their own livery collar.
"It's so exciting to come out to a preschool, it's really important for kids to understand how government works and they've had lots of questions," Cr Alden said.
"Mrs Honey's Tree was the start of this process and it was great to come in and say, this is what a mayor does, there are women mayors and to answer lots of questions.
"It gives girls ideas that they can do anything they want in life and then it gets people thinking 'what do mayors do anyway?'"
The children asked a range of questions about whether Cr Alden work with boys and what her necklace means. They also created a mural inspired by Mrs Honey's Tree to welcome the mayor.
Ms Dwyer said the visit was the "icing on the cake" for the children.
"The visit shows the kids that when they start something and try, they can get an end result," she said.
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