CCM (CT Conference of Municipalities) is known for working closely with local town and city governments to help them save money, learn new skills, and help improve the quality of life for all of Connecticut’s residents. As the state’s largest, nonpartisan organization of municipal leaders, we see what makes local government cool every day.

But what do the municipal leaders of tomorrow think about their town or city?

CCM is launching a new contest and awards program that gives public middle and high school students in Connecticut the chance to tell us what they love about their local government. The#LoCoolGov, Your Community. Your Call.contest is open to any public school students in grades 6-12, and they can work independently or in groups up to three. Their work must be original, but the students can get help in the form of ideas from parents, teachers, or friends.

The question,what is cool about local government?, should be the central theme. It’s up to the students themselves how to answer the question, and we want them to get creative! Essays, photographs, poems, videos and multimedia projects are all welcome. We’ll also accept photos of three-dimensional art. We’ll pick two winning entries based on how well they adhere to their theme, their originality and their creativity.
We’re excited to bring local public school students the opportunity to let us all know what they love about where they live.

*Please have your students submit their entries no later than October 27, 2017.*

Each winner or winning group will receive a $500 scholarship (to be split equally among group members), and will receive their prize at our Annual Meeting & Dinner on the first night of CCM’s 2017 Convention, Tuesday, Nov. 28. Their prize includes an overnight stay at Foxwoods that night, for the students and their parents. While only two projects can win the top prize, all of the submissions we receive will be featured on CCM’s website,

Please help us extend this opportunity to the next generation of local municipal leaders. We look forward to learning more about what makes Connecticut government so cool. Attached are the rules and official entry form.

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