Orland Park seeking junior high participants for 2017 Student Government Day
Orland Park has announced its plans to host the 2017 Government Day on March 20.
The event invites sixth, seventh and eighth graders to participate by writing essays describing what they like best about Orland Park.
The opportunity is open to all village residents, regardless of what school they attend. It will be co-chaired by Mayor Dan McLaughlin and Trustee Jim Dodge, chair of the village’s Technology, Innovation and Performance Committee.
“On May 31, 2017, the village of Orland Park will mark 125 years as a municipality in the state of Illinois,” McLaughlin said. “Having the future leaders of our community be a part of local government is a great way to celebrate this milestone.”
In order to participate, students are asked to submit a 100 to 150-word essay describing what they like best about one of eight village-related topics: community, planning, local government, police public services, recreation programs, special events, veterans’ services or village history.
In addition, students may answer a bonus question describing how the village should celebrate its 125th anniversary. Essays will be rated by a panel of judges.
“Having the kids run the show is always a good time, and it gives them a firsthand perspective,” Dodge said. “When I was first elected village clerk, I did a number of mock board meetings with different scout groups and the kids always had fun.”
For more information on how to enter, visit www.orland-park.il.us or call 708-403-6150.