Materials available for 111 communities participating in essay contest
September 10, 2012
More than 100 communities will be taking part in the contest, now in its seventh year.
Participating sixth graders will be describing what they would do as an elected leader of their city or town to make it a better place to live. The essay contest encourages the future leaders of the state to reflect on the role of key elected officials and municipal activities.
Municipal associations across America report that essay contest participation is greater in communities where local officials have been in direct contact with schools.
Winners will be chosen by a panel of local officials and will be presented with awards at the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show on Jan. 25.
Essay contest criteria
• The contest is open to any sixth grade public school student in a participating community.
• Essays must all begin with the statement, “If I were elected leader of my community I would make a difference by …”
• Essays must be neatly printed or typed and cannot exceed 300 words.
• Entries are limited to one per student.
• Submissions must include the official entry form (below).
• Submissions are to be mailed to: MMA, 1 Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110.
• Essays must be received by the MMA no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 30.
For more information, contact Amanda Lorenti or Katelyn O’Brien at the MMA.
• Official entry form for 6th grade essay contest (1.2M PDF)
• Student guide for 6th grade essay contest (478K PDF)
• Teacher guide for 6th grade essay contest (300K PDF)
The following are the 111 participating communities:
- Written by MMA Assistant Editor Katelyn O'Brien