Mayors and council members from Utah's cities and towns are inviting schoolchildren to write their views about the communities where they live.

The "Why I Like My Community" essay contest, sponsored by the Utah League of Cities and Towns, is open to Utah fourth- and seventh-graders. First-place winners from each of the two grade levels will receive $100, and their schools will receive $1,000. Second-place winners will receive $75, with $750 going to their schools, and third-place winners will receive $50, with $500 for their schools.

For more information, contact the league office at 800-852-8528. Contest deadline is March 1.