At the March 7 City Council meeting, Favor Ayumbu, a 6th grade student from VandenBerge Middle School, was recognized following a statewide essay contest by the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC).
Every fall, the LMC puts out a call for submissions in a “Mayor for a Day” student essay contest. Young people are challenged to think about the variety of services cities provide that make a community great (parks and recreation, street maintenance, police and fire service, etc.) and to explain how they’d enhance those programs/services if they were "Mayor for a Day."
The contest is open to students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade, and ISD 728 students have been selected for winning essays several times in years past. This year, more than 300 essays were submitted, and Favor was one of four honorable mention winners who will be recognized in an upcoming Minnesota Cities magazine publication.
Read Favor's award-winning essay here.