Tallahassee Leads Cities Across Florida in Celebrating Florida City Government Week

Florida City Government Week kicked off Monday with Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, President of the Florida League of Cities partnering with Leon County Schools and the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship to celebrate Florida City Government Week (Oct. 18 – 24, 2009). This partnership was formed to increase awareness of teaching civics in the classrooms during Florida City Government Week. Cities across the state celebrated Florida City Government Week in a number of ways.

Monday, Oct. 19 Mayor Marks was interviewed by student anchors on the morning television show at Springwood Elementary School about city government and what it's like to be mayor of the capital city.
Tuesday, Oct. 20 Astoria Park Elementary School was visited by the City of Tallahassee's Utility Department, Police Department and Public Works department. Students experienced the daily operational aspect of city services.
Wednesday, Oct. 21 Cobb Middle School hosted a student "mock" press conference for Mayor Marks. Students used prior speeches and policy statements to prepare their questions. The students asked the mayor about his policies, his plans for Tallahassee, and sought his advice on political involvement.
The City of Tallahassee's Department of Environmental Policy and Energy Resources addressed 5th grade students at Ruediger Elementary School and 3rd – 5th grade students at Astoria Park Elementary School on the city's "green" initiative. The presentation sought to help the students understand what they can do to be more environmentally responsible.
Thursday, Oct. 22 Historian Kermit Brown provided an interesting address on the history of Florida and the City of Tallahassee to the 7th and 8th grade students of Fairview Middle School.