Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in Pearland ISD are invited to participate in the “If I Were Mayor” essay contest sponsored by the City of Pearland.
The young writers are asked to put into the essay what they do as mayor to make Pearland the best place to live.
Winners will receive a gift certificate for a three-month family membership to the Recreation Center and Natatorium and also will be recognized by City Council at a City Council meeting in February.
According to city officials, this contest is an opportunity for students to think about their community and to learn about local government in a way that allows them to form and express ideas regarding citizenship and leadership.
Students must be in sixth through eighth grades this school year and each can only submit one essay. Essays must address the subject and begin with “If I were mayor.”
Each essay cannot exceed 250 words and will be judged based on the following: understanding of city services, proper use of grammar, creativity, clarity, and sincerity of thought.
Essays must be submitted to the City by Jan. 20. Winners will be notified in early February 2017.
The contest was created to help educate the next generation on how local government works and the role elected officials play in the city, according to city officials.
Go to www.pearlandtx.gov/essay contest to submit the essays.
Story by Karolyn Gephart