2013 ESSAY CONTEST


Perquimans County student wins 2013 county government essay contest

A student at Perquimans County High School is the winner of a statewide essay contest on county government. Moniqua Gallop and her teacher, Brandon Young, each win $500 from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners' sixth annual essay contest on county government.

The annual contest is open to 9th and 10th grade students in North Carolina public and charter schools. Students are asked to write a 500-word essay on the topic, “How does my county government improve the lives of its citizens?”

Moniqua’s winning essay focused on the role that counties play in public health, providing opportunities for seniors and youth and the public library. The winning essay will be printed in the July edition of CountyLines, the NCACC’s monthly newspaper.

The essay will also be posted on the NCACC’s county government education web site, www.welcometoyourcounty.org/. The site is designed for civics teachers and students who would like to learn more about county government and contains information on why counties and county governments exist, where counties receive their funding, what services they provide, who runs county governments, and more.

In 2004, the Association Board of Directors adopted five strategic goals. One of these goals is to inform the public and the media about the role of county government. In 2008 as part of the Association’s centennial celebration, the Board of Directors approved the annual essay contest to encourage students and teachers to focus on county government in the classroom. Previous winners have been from Onslow County, Pender County, Cleveland County, Forsyth County and Rowan County.

For more information about the contest, please contact Todd McGee at the NCACC at todd.mcgee@ncacc.org.

How Perquimans County improves the lives of its citizens

Perquimans County is located on the east coast of North Carolina and it is home to 13,563 people. The Perquimans County Commissioners has a yearly budget to use and this year’s budget is $12,245,788. The six county commissioners will use this budget to provide services that our local citizens need. Some of the amenities our county government provides to its inhabitants are: A Recreation Department/Facilities, Senior Citizens Center, a Health Department and a public library. The Board of County Commissioners does their best to promote and improve the lives of its citizen’s safety, physical activity, health and well-being.

The Perquimans County Recreation Department improves the lives of its citizens in several ways. It’s a place where kids of all ages play sports and have open gym if they need to work on a few skills to get better. It provides a nature walk for those who like to go walking and enjoy the sounds of nature. To adults the Recreation Department offers: yoga, ZUMBA, Pilates, and Aerobic Kickboxing classes. To our youth they offer all types of sports that you’re able to play in school, but if you’re not old enough or you didn’t make the school team you can go play here. This is good for Perquimans County residents because it helps our youth and adults stay healthy and fit.

The Senior Citizens Center helps to improve the lives of our citizens by stimulating physical, emotional, and mental health of elders and inspire them to take part in the community activities. It functions for all seniors in the community. The mission of this Senior Citizens Center is to improve and enhance the quality of life of our elders’ population and to promote their participation in all parts of community life.

The Perquimans County Health Department helps improves the lives of its citizens in numerous ways. It provides immunizations, physicals and check-ups. It also provides informational brochure about all types of disease and other health issues. By providing these services to the citizens will be more informed about certain things and receive it a reasonable prices. Their mission is to “be dedicated to disease prevention and the promotion of a healthy environment to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability through quality service, education, and advocacy.”

The Perquimans County Library also improves the lives of its citizens. The library provides free internet, computer use, and book checkouts. If you need to print you can do that too, while paying a small fee. These services improve the lives of the Perquimans County citizens by providing those services that are free and affordable.

So overall, all these services greatly improve the lives of its citizens. From health services and library needs, it’s a well-put together place to get the information you need and a place to complete assignments. All in all, each of these amenities improves the lives of Perquimans County citizens in a different way.

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