More than two dozen Lawrence Middle School eighth grade students, eight from HAFTR Middle School and one from Brandeis responded to Village of Lawrence Mayor Alex Edelman’s invitation to take part in the New York State Conference of Mayors’ essay contest, “If I Were Mayor, I Would …”
Under the direction of their principals and teachers the students met with Edelman to learn about the responsibilities and powers of the elected post.,
The students then submitted 500-word essays with their ideas to address, improve and expand government service. Every local student received a certificate of merit from Edelman. HAFTR student Deborah Becker finished in the top 25 out of 1,100 entries.