Every year, the Maryland Municipal League (MML) and the Maryland Mayors’ Association (MMA) invite fourth grade students to write an essay explaining what they would do if they were Mayor. The “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” contest gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in the areas of both language arts and social studies.
This years’ theme was “Engaging My Community”. Students were asked to consider why the project or event is important to them; how they would encourage fellow town officials, business and residents to participate in their proposed project; and how they would spread the word about their proposal.
Out of more than 2,100 entries, there were a total of 11 winners from across the state, which had been divided into the same number of “districts” for the contest.
The Carroll County Times (Westminster, MD) interviewed one of their local winners. Kate Stultz, a fourth-grader at Mount Airy Elementary School, told the paper that her idea consisted of a picnic that would allow her community to “…hang out, play games, plant trees and flowers, and pick up some trash that’s in gardens and the environment.”
The Maryland Municipal League was founded in 1936 and represents the 157 incorporated cities and towns in Maryland. It is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan association, controlled and maintained by city and town governments.