National County Government Month is an annual celebration of county government. First held in 1990, the goal of county government week is to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of the nation's counties.
There are activities at the national, state and local levels during county government month. More than 1,000 counties around the country annually participate by holding a variety of programs and events. These include tours of county facilities, presentations in schools, meetings with business and community leaders, recognition programs for volunteers, briefings on environmental projects, and adoption of proclamations.
The Association of Indiana Counties presents an essay contest for elementary students. The AIC’s celebration of County Government Month is held in conjunction with the National Association of Counties’ celebration. Counties can celebrate in many ways but on a statewide level we like to encourage third graders to interview county officials for a one-page essay contest.
One winner in each of AIC's six districts is selected. Winners attend the AIC District Meeting in May to read their essays and pick up their certificates and $100 cash prizes. There is also a photo opportunity for the winning students with the county officials from their county who attend the district meeting. A news release is then submitted to local media.
2015 THEME: TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
HOW COUNTY OFFICIALS CAN HELP
Please help the AIC get the word out to third grade teachers in your county about the contest soon because the deadline for entries is April 15, 2015. Click on2015 Essay Contest Flyer for an informational flyer that you can help distribute to the schools in your community. You may also learn more by visiting the National Association of Counties' website.