Grade 5 students in Kingston can now apply to be Mayor for a Day

Kingston City Hall. Kingstonist file photo.

Grade 5 students in Kingston now have the opportunity to learn about municipal politics and civic issues by applying for the City of Kingston’s first annual Mayor for a Day program.

According to a release from the City, one Grade 5 student will be invited to spend a day with Mayor Bryan Paterson to learn more about how local government works in Kingston. The winning student can expect to take a tour of City Hall, attend a meeting and an event, take the Mayor’s seat in Council Chambers, and enjoy lunch – all with Mayor Paterson. The day’s schedule reportedly will be designed around the student’s interests related to local government.

“I’m very excited to be launching this new program for youth in our community,” said Mayor Paterson. “Young minds bring incredible curiosity to how and why we do our work as elected officials. I’m looking forward to showing them the important work we do with City staff, community groups, committees, and community members to make Kingston an even greater city.”

The City provided the following details on how to apply:

Visit Get Involved Kingston to learn more and apply by Wednesday, Jun. 5 at 4 p.m. In the short application form, interested students are asked to answer the following questions in a video or written responses.

  • Why do you want to be Mayor for a day?
  • What would be your first action as Mayor?
  • What would you like to learn about the City of Kingston?
  • Where would you like to visit during Mayor for a Day?
  • What is your favourite thing about living in Kingston?

The City said that students may also handwrite their application and submit it at the front desk in City Hall, the Kingston East Community Centre, the Rideau Heights Community Centre, Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, or the INVISTA Centre. One winner will be selected and contacted on the week of June 10, 2024.

Anyone with questions can reach out by email to [email protected], or by phone at 613-546-0000 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, the City of Kingston relayed.

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