This Is Our City Essay Contest For Kids

What would our cities look like if kids were in charge? Find out by having kids you know take part in the 2017 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest!

The League of Minnesota Cities wants to hear how fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders who live in Minnesota answer this question: If you were mayor for a day, what would you do to show people that local governments are good places to work?

Three winners will be awarded $100, and their essays will be published in Minnesota Cities magazine.

To find out more about local government careers and why city employees love what they do, essay writers can visit the careers section of the Cities Matter webpage. There students will find what real people have to say about their jobs working in cities, and can see how visitors to the Minnesota State Fair learned more about which city careers need their “superpowers.”

Essay submissions must be submitted by October 13, so download an entry form for a child you know right here.


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Forty-one Medal of Honor recipients came to Pueblo last year for their annual convention. If you took part in this convention in any way or attended an event with a Medal of Honor recipient, what impact did that experience have on you? Or if you did not participate, what does it mean to you to live in Pueblo, the "Home of Heroes"?

The Pueblo Home of Heroes Association invites students in grades 4-12 to enter an essay contest
answering the above-mentioned topic.

Contest Rules

300-500 words for grades 4-5

400-700 words for grades 6-8

500-1,000 words for grades 9-12

Format: Provide 1 copy of entry with entry form stapled on top, left-hand corner.

All entries must be typed.


Judging will be done by the Pueblo Home of the Heroes Association Judging Committee. First, second, and third places will be awarded in the following categories: 4-5 grade, middle school and high school. All winners will receive a booklet of winning entries and a certificate of achievement. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Prizes (in each category)

1st Place $100

2nd Place $75

3rd Place $50

Awards ceremony

Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Rawlings Library in the Ryals room - 4th floor.

Auxiliary aides and interpreter services are available, with a one-week notice,
to individuals with disabilities by calling 553- 0227.

Entry Submission

Entries may be submitted to any Pueblo library location. Mail or deliver to Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004 Attn: Community Relations.

Please call Paulette Stuart at 544-2435 or email for more information.


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