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Mayor for a Day

Sunday, March 22, 2009

* Through contest, students have chance to take charge

North Clay students wanting to be in charge for a change may soon get their chance.

The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) recently announced its ninth annual "If I were Mayor, I would ...," essay contest, and the City of Brazil is taking it one step further.

"I want to put together a panel to select a winner locally," Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times.

"The winner will then have the opportunity to be 'Mayor for a Day.'"

The contest encourages sixth-graders to learn how municipal government works and consider issues affecting them and the community.

Bradshaw said this is the first time to do this, but plans are in place to make it an annual event.

"I enjoy being around children and think this is a great idea to give them the chance to see how government works up close," she said.

"Not only that, but sixth-graders can come up with some really good and creative ideas."

Students will be asked to write a 250-word essay outlining what they would do if they were in charge of a city.

Bradshaw said she has had a few students come into City Hall recently and were excited at the prospect of one day entering the government sector.

The deadline to enter the contest is April 30.

Eight regional winners and one statewide grand-prize winner will be chosen by IACT sometime in May and recognized at the Indiana Conference of Mayors June 11, in Indianapolis. Regional winners will receive a $250 savings bond, along with other prizes while the grand-prize winner will receive $1,000 to go toward a college savings plan.

Bradshaw said the local winner will be chosen by the end of the school year and the city will contact the guardian to determine a date for the student to have their day in the drivers' seat.

"This is something that they could remember for a lifetime," she said.

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This is not the first time the city held this contest. Mayor Arthur awarded a sixth grade student in 2005 with the same honor as "Mayor for the day".

-- Posted by Partrosie on Sun, Mar 22, 2009, at 8:59 PM

as a matter of fact, that student went on to win one of the $250 savings bond awards.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Sun, Mar 22, 2009, at 9:00 PM

i would say the kids would to a better job

-- Posted by nobob on Sun, Mar 22, 2009, at 10:48 PM

Surely these children won't be asked to recite their essay. Thats one of the first things to learn about being Mayor. How to avoid public speaking.

-- Posted by spiritof56 on Mon, Mar 23, 2009, at 1:14 PM

Mayor for a day....guess that means the "new" mayor will not have to worry about showing up to city events... or talking. Maybe they can have mayor spokesman for a day as well.......

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Mon, Mar 23, 2009, at 2:27 PM

Seriously? The speaking in public thing? Is that all you have? I guess those Council Meetings are some kind of closed door clandestine ceremony off limits to the public. Hmmm...uh nope! I'll be hornswaggled! Mayor Bradshaw sits at the middle of the table OUT IN PUBLIC and speaks there.

Hmmm...are the doors of City Hall closed and locked during business hours? Does Mayor Bradshaw only accept meetings with staff and Officials? Uh...nope again! Well, I'll be..that's public too!

You're right though..she NEVER speaks in public. NEVER. Lol.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Mon, Mar 23, 2009, at 5:22 PM

This is a great idea. By reaching out to youth, the mayor is inspiring the next generation to participate in government. This is a positive program that should be embraced by the entire community. I encourage all eligible youth to compete.

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Tue, Mar 24, 2009, at 2:40 AM

"Seriously?" "The speaking in public thing?" "Is that all you have?"

Is that all I have for what?? For criticism of government? No theres plenty more were that came from. Federal, State, and Local levels are open for criticism. For example, I could have said.. Maybe the student who wins Mayor for a day can get a street paved. Or....another thing you need to learn as Mayor for a day is how to get naive people who haven't lived in this town very long, to stand up for you.

-- Posted by spiritof56 on Tue, Mar 24, 2009, at 7:16 AM

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