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Mayor essay contest open to sixth-graders
Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas talks with 2014 sixth-grade winner Shari Sheppard and her family.

The city of Hinesville invites all sixth-grade students in Liberty County to participate in the “If I Were Mayor, I Would . . .” essay contest.
The contest is open to public, private and home-schooled sixth-graders. Three winners will be selected and invited to meet Mayor Jim Thomas at Hinesville City Hall during Georgia Cities Week on April 19–25. The winning essay also will be published in the Coastal Courier during Georgia Cities Week.
“This contest is a part of a statewide initiative to encourage discussion with students about the role city government plays in their lives and community,” Thomas said. “I personally read all of the essays each year, and it is a pleasure to meet the students to discuss their ideas.”
The deadline for entries is April 3. Essays must be submitted to the city of Hinesville public-relations office at 115 E. M.L. King Jr. Drive by mail or in person by 5 p.m. on the due date.
Each essay must begin with the sentence, “If I were mayor, I would ...” Essays may not be longer than 350 words. They can be typed or handwritten, but must be legible and have the student’s name, teacher’s name and school on them.
Teachers also are encouraged to contact the public-relations manager Krystal Hart to sign up classes to visit City Hall and learn about local government as part of the initiative. City officials are available to discuss city government with classes before essays are due.
For more information, call 876-3564 or email public

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