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Winners of Maryland’s ‘If I Were Mayor’ 2014 contest

If I were mayorWonder what would happen if a fourth grader became mayor? Now you can find out! Eleven Maryland fourth graders were chosen as winners of the Maryland Municipal League's 2014 "If I Were Mayor, I Would..." essay contest, which drew entries from thousands of participating Maryland fourth grade students from schools across the state.

The contest challenges fourth graders to transform what they know about municipal government into an essay that shares what they would do as mayor of their city or town.

Read on for the 2014 winners by district, school and municipality, with excerpts from their essays.

Staying Safe with Kids at the Mall

Sponsored Editorial By:
Tommy Lee, Safety Instructor East Coast Martial Arts

During the holiday season our minds are on all of the parties, events and gifts we have to purchase for our loved ones, friends and office mates. We are trying to think of what to buy for the party, what to wear for the event and what to buy someone for a gift. So much is going through our minds during the Holiday Season that, by the time we think of safety, it's almost too late. 

The malls are crowded with so many people, it's hard for us to get around and even harder when we have our children with us. We race into stores, wait at registers, have our hands full and are stressed about getting home on time without letting our spouse, friend or child see what we are buying them. With all this in our brains at once, are we thinking, "Where is my son or daughter? Did I leave my pocketbook, cell phone or credit card lying at the last register? Did I lock my car? Did I leave things out in the open where people can break the car window and steal the expensive presents purchased?"

Made Co. turns children's ideas into reality

Honey Maid ContestIf your child loves inventing things and coming up with new ideas, Honey Maid's new Made Co. initiative can turn their ideas into reality. On the new Made Co. website, children age 6-12 are invited to submit their most creative ideas in specific categories. If chosen, kid will work with industry experts to turn have their ideas made into real things. This could be anything from video games to short films, to books, depending on the project.

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