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‘If I Were Mayor’ Essay Contest Open to Sixth Grade Students

Georgia students are invited to share their ideas about local government.

What would you do if you were mayor?

Sixth grade students across Georgia are invited to participate in an essay contest in which they describe their ideas for leading a city. The contest, held by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), is open to all sixth grade students including home-schooled and private school students.

The purpose of the contest is to educate students about the role city government plays in their lives and the community.

encourages local students to participate.

“The winning essays that always resonate with me are the ones that have some sort of vision for, in our case, Dacula,” Wilbanks wrote in an email to Dacula Patch. “I would encourage participants to look forward to the future, state clearly what the participant’s vision is for the City, and to spell out how they would guide the City to accomplishing the goals of the vision.”

Each essay must begin with the sentence, “If I were mayor, I would” and must not be longer than 350 words. Essays may be typed or handwritten, but must be legible and include the student’s name and school.

A winner will be selected from each of GMA’s 12 districts. A panel of city officials will judge the contest entries. The winner will receive a $250 savings bond and other small prizes. Winners will be notified by the end of March. Each district winner will be invited along with their teachers, parents and their mayor to a luncheon in Atlanta in April.

Essays should be mailed to:

Georgia Municipal Association
Attention: Essay Contest
P.O. Box 105377
Atlanta, GA 30348

The deadline for entries is Friday, March 2, 2012.

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