The County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia is hosting an essay contest for eighth-grade students across the state as part of National County Government Month in April.
There will be a monetary prize for the student winner and for the classroom of the teacher who encouraged participation.
"One of CCAWV's goals is to increase information and public awareness about county government. As an initiative of this goal we are excited to partner with West Virginia educators to encourage students to learn and write about their county government," said Vivian Parsons, executive director of the organization.
The Upshur County Commission encourages all eighth-grade students to participate in the contest.
Student participants are asked to write or type a 500-word essay on the topic "How does my county government make life better for me?"
All entries must be postmarked no later than April 13, and they should be mailed to: 2012 County Government Essay Contest, County Commissioners' Association WV, 2309 Washington St. East, Charleston WV 25311
Contest guidelines are available by contacting Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-345-4639.
A winner will be announced April 27.
County Commission President Donnie R. Tenney said the commissioners would be happy to lend support to students' efforts, and the commission can be reached at 304-472-0535.