Students Have a Chance to be Mayor for a Day in May

Mayor Newton to Visit Rockville Fourth Graders

Rockville fourth graders will once again have a chance at serving as the city’s Mayor for a Day this spring by taking part in the statewide “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.

The theme of this year’s contest, organized by the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Mayors Association, is “Live to Lead.” Students are asked to write an essay, no longer than 275 words, that would describe how, if they were mayor, they would get the community involved in addressing an issue or cause and letting people know how their city is making positive changes.

One winning essay will be selected from each of MML’s 11 regional districts throughout the state. Winners, their parents, and their teachers will be recognized during an awards ceremony in Annapolis. Essays must be received by Friday, March 30.

The Mayor and Council consider the contest to be a wonderful exercise in government studies and encourage fourth graders attending schools in Rockville to take part.

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton welcomes the opportunity to speak with students about the essay contest, municipal government and what it is like to be mayor of Rockville. Teachers or school administrators may email to arrange for the mayor to visit their school, though a mayoral visit is not required for students to participate.
In addition to the winners chosen by MML and MMA, the mayor will select a student attending school in Rockville to serve as the city’s Mayor for a Day in May.

Learn more by visiting and selecting “Mayor’s Essay Contest” under “Programs and Services,” or call the City Clerk/Director of Council Operations’ office at 240-314-8280.