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Meet the Mayor — Be the Mayor: City and Contest Offer Opportunities for Fourth Graders

March 8 is Deadline for ‘If I Were Mayor …’ Essay Contest

Girl sitting at the Mayor and Council dais

Rockville fourth graders have until Friday, March 8 to enter the Maryland Municipal League’s statewide “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.

This year’s theme is “Inspiring Leadership in Your City/Town/Community.” Students are asked to write an essay of no more than 275 words about what they would do to inspire leadership in their city, town or community, and to describe a project they would undertake to make others want to help make their city, town or community better.

One winning essay will be selected from each of MML’s 11 districts. Winners will receive a cash prize and a citation from the governor and will be honored, along with their parents and teacher, during an awards ceremony in late April.

In addition to winners chosen by MML, Mayor Monique Ashton will select a student attending school in Rockville to serve as the city’s Mayor for a Day in May.

For more information, including contest rules and forms for submitting entries online, visit www.mdmunicipal.org/mayors-essay-contest. Mayor Ashton welcomes the opportunity to speak with students about the essay contest, municipal government and what it is like to be Rockville’s mayor.

Teachers or school administrators may email Judy Penny at [email protected] to arrange a visit by the mayor, though a mayoral visit is not required for students to participate in the contest.

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