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.