In 2012 the General Assembly adopted a Resolution proclaiming the first week of April as Local Government Education week in honor of the formation of the Council-Manager form of government in the City of Staunton,VA.
Virginia Local Government Manager Association (VLGMA) Civic Engagement Committee developed a plan to spread the word of Local Government Education Week in order to acknowledge good works, educate on all local government services provided at the local level including education and to increase awareness of student of career opportunities in local government.
This will help us strengthen interest in local government management/public service as a viable career.
April 2103 was the initial effort to have localities adopt the linked sample proclamation and we had a good overall response. In 2017, we hope to have the majority of the Commonwealth locality’s governing bodies and school boards participate. We ask that your governing bodies and school boards adopt a proclamation proclaiming April 1-7 in your locality as Local Government Education Week. It is our hope that this will support a more robust effort in our localities in terms of educational partnership with our school districts around local government service as a career.
Additional local activities could include:
• Provide for all school and public libraries the elementary school level book, Out and About City Hall, which is available at: http://www.capstonepub.com/product/9781404811461. This is a great illustrated story that describes what services a locality provides and is affordable at about $20 each in hard cover (paper back also available);
• Conduct guest readings of the Out and About City Hall book to elementary classes;
• Share the Teacher’s Resource Guide, includes sample lesson plans designed for upper middle/high school students, to be used as part of the curriculum for meeting civics/social studies standards of learning. The document is linked, note we are currently working to update the census data but all else remains relevant; and/or
• Be a guest speaker to middle or high school students regarding your career as a City or Deputy Manager and/or discuss community projects (e.g. annual budget, redevelopment effort or capital infrastructure improvements) that the students will see occurring or read in the news.
If you have any questions or if VLGMA can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me, Cindy VLGMA Civic Engagement Committee Chair, at the contact information below.