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West St. Paul Mayor Dave Napier is encouraging West St. Paul fourth, fifth, and sixth graders to enter the ‘Mayor for a Day’ Essay Contest sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities. Students need to answer the question, “What would you do if you were mayor for a day?” and they’ll have a chance to win $100, recognition in Minnesota Cities magazine, and Mayor Napier will visit their classroom to talk about what it’s like to be mayor.
Teachers interested in helping their students learn about local government should know Mayor Napier has also invited classes to come to West St. Paul city hall and hold a mock City Council meeting. Reach out to city hall if you’re interested.
“I think it’s more important now than ever that our students and teachers understand how this all works up here,” Napier said. “Having them come and work with us on a certain topic can help them better understand how local government works and how we work for the city residents.”
Essays must be submitted by December 6. Instructions and details on how to enter can be found online. Winners will be notified in January.
This is the ninth year for the ‘Mayor for a Day’ Essay Contest, which receives hundreds of entries every year from across the state. 2020 winners were from Lake Crystal, New Brighton, and North Mankato. Three honorable mentions were named from Carver, Chanhassen, and New Prague.
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