Grade 10 students encouraged to create submissions and think about municipal issues
As part of Local Government Week Mayor Mark Gerretsen visited two Grade 10 civics classes at Bayridge Secondary School this morning to meet with students and answer their questions. The mayor also announced the ‘As Mayor I would…’ challenge, an opportunity open to Grade 10 students, inviting them to submit ideas of what they would do if they were Mayor.
More than 50 students studying local government as part of their curriculum were in attendance to ask questions of the Mayor. Questions from students covered current local issues, such as the one-bag garbage limit and the possibility of a casino in Kingston, to the Mayor’s use of social media to interact with Kingstonians, and how the City defines sustainability.
The first “As Mayor I would” challenge is open to all Grade 10 students within the city of Kingston. Students are invited to submit a short essay, video, photo essay, song, poem — or any combination of these elements — to show what they would do to improve Kingston over the next 25 years.
“Young people in our city have so much to offer our community, and we want to recognize their energy and vision and hear what they have to say,” said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. “The question we are asking students to consider is: As Mayor, what are some initiatives you would implement to create a thriving, healthy and sustainable Kingston?”
All entries will be evaluated on creativity, thoughtfulness and understanding of local municipal issues. The successful submission to the challenge will meet with the Mayor, City Councillors and staff; attend a Council meeting; and receive a certificate of recognition from the Mayor. Grade 10 students interested in creating a submission should ask their civics teacher for details and a submission form.
Submissions must be received by 4 p.m. on December 7 and can be sent by:
E-mail — send essays, photos, videos, music or web links — to [email protected] (please use the subject line “As Mayor I would …”). Mail (hard copies, flash drives or CDs) clearly marked “As Mayor I would…” to: Office of the Mayor, 216 Ontario St. Kingston, ON, K7L 2Z3
Media contact information: Mark Gerretsen, Mayor of Kingston, 613-546-4291 ext. 1402