For Immediate Release

October 13, 2015

Contact: Tammy Sharp

Public Information Director

Mayor Rick Allen Launches Mayor for a Day Program
LEESVILLE, La.-- Leesville Mayor Rick Allen announces a new youth outreach program called Mayor for a Day. The contest is open to all students within the city limits of Leesville, including private schools and homeschoolers.

All students are encouraged to participate by sharing their creative ideas about what they would do as mayor. All projects are to begin with the statement, "If I were Mayor...".

Grades 3-5 will compete in a poster contest. Studentsmay use any of these mediums: paint, felt pens, colored pencils, pastels, crayons, etc. Student's name and daytime phone number and email address of a parent or guardian must appear on the back of the poster. Posters can be in color or black and white.

Students in grades 6-8 will compete in an essay contest. Essays are to be 500-1,000 words typed and double spaced. The student's name and daytime phone number and email address of parent or guardian must appear at the top of the essay. The essay must begin with the statement, "If I were Mayor...." All essays will be judged for content, grammar, spelling, punctuation, purpose, and originality. The top 7 finalists will have the opportunity to conduct a mock City Council meeting.

High school students in grades 9-12 will compete by creating a powerpoint presentation. Presentations must be at least one to three minutes in length and must be emailed or submitted on a thumb drive. The student's name, daytime phone number and email address of parent or guardian must appear in the email or be written on the thumb drive. The presentation must display original ideas concerning being mayor. The top three finalist will also have the opportunity to make their presentations to the City Council in a regularly scheduled meeting.

Prizes include a $50 gift card; a ride in a fire truck in a parade; a "Mayor for a Day" t-shirt; a certificate/plaque; a tour of city facilities; and the chance to shadow the Mayor for a day.

All submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form. All forms for students under age 18 must be signed by the student's parent or guardian. Entry forms may be photocopied. Submissions become the property of the City of Leesville Mayor's Office. The City of Leesville Mayor's Office retains the right to publish entries along with the names and likenesses of each student. Children of City of Leesville employees are not eligible to participate.

Send submissions to or drop them off in the Mayor's Office at 101 W. Lee Street, Leesville, La. All entries are due no later than December 28, 2015.

To view documents for the program click here.


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