Mayor’s Essay Contest
About the Contest
Each year, MML and the Maryland Mayors’ Association (MMA) invite 4th grade students throughout Maryland to participate in a statewide essay contest: “If I Were Mayor, I Would...”
The contest gives students a chance to creatively use grade-specific language arts skills and civics / social studies knowledge.
Information for Teachers: Contest Rules
The best way to ensure your students understand how municipal government works is to hear it directly from an official. Interested in a school visit? Visit our Municipal Websites page to find your municipality’s website and contact information. Contact the city / town clerk or administrator / manager to request a visit from your mayor or a councilperson. Officials are willing to do visits November through mid-March to talk about municipal government, its role in the community, and the essay contest theme.
You may also use the Municipal Government Handbook (PDF) as a study guide to help your students understand the role of municipal officials. (Please note that this contest is not affiliated with any county public school system in Maryland.)
If you're a teacher, interested in our essay contest, please review the 2019 form and the instructions.