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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Lakewood Elementary Fourth-Grader to Be ‘Mayor for a Day’

Rockville, Maryland, May 12 – If he were mayor, Rishi Iyer would use a ban on smoking in public places, more parks and nutrition programs to get his town healthy.

Rishi, a fourth-grader in Lyn Mullinax’s class at Lakewood Elementary School, will get to see what it’s like to be mayor when he serves as honorary “Mayor for a Day” in Rockville on Thursday, May 19. He earned the honor after his essay was selected as a winner in the “If I Were Mayor” statewide essay contest sponsored by the Maryland Municipal League (MML) and the Maryland Mayors’ Association (MMA).

On his day as mayor, Iyer will tour the Rockville City Police Department and Croydon Creek Nature Center, attend the city’s Department of Public Works Equipment Show and have lunch with Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton. Members of the media are invited to interview and photograph the “mini-mayor” at work on May 19. To make arrangements to do so, call Director of Communication Marylou Berg at 240-314-8105.

Rishi outlined his plan for a healthier city in his submission to the annual essay contest. It was selected as the top essay in the Howard/Montgomery County district and one of 11 statewide winners selected from thousands of entries. Each statewide winner receives $100 cash, a governor’s citation and a boat cruise of Annapolis, where they are honored at a ceremony at the State House.

Rishi’s plan called for adding bike lanes and creating a marathon. “To encourage participation, I would make exercise equipment such as jump ropes, hula hoops, weights, and more, available to the public,” he wrote. Clean water, healthy foods at schools and nutrition programs to educate kids on the benefits of a healthy diet, would also be part of the plan.

“Towns should be known for what difference they can make to the community,” he wrote. “As mayor, I want my town to be smoke-free, healthy, with many opportunities to exercise.”

In addition to his day as mayor, Rishi will be recognized at the Mayor and Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 23 and will participate in Rockville’s 72nd Annual Memorial Day Parade at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30.

For more information on the “If I Were Mayor” contest, visit MML’s website at www.mdmunicipal.org, or call the City Clerk’s Office at 240-314-8280.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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