WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - Chris Carothers already has two children that attend Warren Elementary, but he's a role model to every child. He visits during lunch period when not every parent can attend.
"He takes time out of his personal day when he is working, to be here with all of our kids," says Amber Priest, a 3rd grade teacher at Warren Elementary.
Carothers sees some of those same kids when he volunteers every week at Curbside Ministries.
"They give me high fives, they give me hugs, and that means a lot so a person that has been down the road that I have been, they can see somebody can make a mistake and turn their life around," says Carothers.
Growing up, one wrong decision put Carothers in the Warren County Regional Jail. What happened while he was behind bars changed his life forever.
"My mom, we talked on the phone. My mom told me that she believes in me and the only thing that I gotta do is the right thing and everything would be all right. Two hours later my pastor came and told me that my mom had passed away," says Carothers.
It was an awakening, to spend time with area youth, keeping them off the streets and on the road to success.
"My mom doesn't get to see what I am doing now, but these people do. They know my mother and I believe I have been repositioned to do the right thing," says Carothers.
"He wants to be here for everyone. To have somebody else, a positive role model outside of this school building to come and spend his time with these kids means the world to all of us here at Warren Elementary," says Priest.
For changing the lives of kids at Warren Elementary, and throughout the area, we honor Chris Carothers as this week's Hometown Hero.