Cities provide a variety of services and programs that make our lives better, including parks and recreation, street maintenance, water and sewer, libraries, police, fire, and even more! But what could be done to make those services even better?
More than 450 Minnesota fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders considered that question, chose a specific service, and shared their ideas for that service in the League of Minnesota Cities’ sixth annual Mayor for a Day Essay Contest.
The contest is sponsored annually by the League to help raise awareness among grade-school students about the importance of city services and to interest students in potential city career opportunities.
Essay entry forms were distributed to qualified fairgoers who stopped by the League’s “City Superpower” exhibit at the 2018 State Fair and were also available on the League’s website.
Our three winners are from the cities of Crystal, Elk River, and Sartell, and their essays are printed here. Three honorable mentions—from the cities of Elk River, Richfield, and Woodbury— were also chosen. Winning entries were selected based on creativity, originality, and legibility. Winning essay writers receive a commemorative plaque and a check for $100.
Essays were judged by employees of the League’s communications staff, and finalists were selected by LMC President Heidi Omerza and Executive Director David Unmacht.
Thank you to all students who participated in this year’s competition and to the families, friends, and teachers who encouraged our future mayors.
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