The leaves are losing their color and beginning to fall across the Commonwealth and that means September, and City Government Month is coming to an end.
This year saw tremendous participation from cities, including several mayors and their city councils who brought City Government Month into the classroom.
In Winchester, fifth-grade students from Baker Intermediate School participated in the City Government Academy for the first time, reported the Winchester Sun.
“I’m really excited about our kids being involved in this and seeing the functions of government,” Mayor JoEllen Reed told the newspaper. “So many kids today don’t know the difference between a courthouse and city hall because they never had any occasion to do that. The goal is that hopefully, one day, some of these young people come back and work in city government.”
In Glasgow, Mayor Henry Royse signed the proclamation during a pep rally to celebrate the Barren County High School Trojans and Glasgow High School Scotties who were preparing to meet on the football field under the Friday night lights.
In Erlanger, Councilwoman Wilson and Councilwoman Owen participated in a parade and honored local leaders who organized the annual Erlanger-Elsmere Labor Day Community Reunion, NKY Juneteenth Celebration, and Black Excellence Award Honorees. During the festivities, they passed out school supplies with “MuniciPals” goodies at local events where they shared the information booklet educating kids about the roles and responsibilities of our MuniciPal Heroes like their Mayor, Administration, City Council, Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, and Senior/Community Center staff.
The Councilwomen said they enjoyed wearing superhero capes as they proudly represented Elsmere and Erlanger.
Morgantown City Hall and Mayor Billy Phelps took the civics program into the classroom this September with a special visit to 5th graders at Morgantown Elementary School (MES) and North Butler Elementary School (NBES).
Mayor Phelps shared insights into the vital role of city government and how it directly impacts the daily lives of Morgantown’s residents and those who surround the city. Accompanying the Mayor were key figures from the city’s administration, including the City Clerk, Project Manager, and Code Enforcement Officer, each shedding light on their respective roles in ensuring the city thrives.
In a resolution, Mayor Phelps and the City Council officially declared September 2023 as ‘City Government Month’ in Morgantown. This resolution underscores their commitment to education, civic engagement, and community involvement. It encourages residents of all ages to embrace their roles as informed citizens and become active participants in shaping the future of their beloved city.
The Kentucky League of Cities Public Affairs team thanks everyone who took part in City Government Month by passing a resolution, and teaching about government in the classroom.
The City Government Month educational program helps teach civics and local government. The program aligns with Kentucky’s core curriculum and is provided to schools and teachers at no cost. It includes lesson plans, student promotional items, and an activity book. You can learn more about the program and the MuniciPals, City Government Month’s mascots, at citymonth.org.