8th annual Can-Do Day to honor local students

TEMECULA – Friends of Ronald Reagan Sports Park (FRRSP) will present the 8th Annual Can-Do Day Celebration on Saturday, March 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Temecula Community Recreation Center at Temecula’s Ronald Reagan Sports Park.

This day is about honoring local students who demonstrate the can-do spirit, described by Ronald Wilson Reagan on March 3, 1983 when he spoke of the folks in Temecula as having a can-do spirit. The words appear on the Can-Do Monument that stands near the snack bar fronting Rancho Vista Rd. FRRSP built and donated the monument to the city last February.

Each year, 3rd and 4th grade students from the Temecula Valley Unified School​District, as well as private schools and home-schooled students, are invited to enter an essay contest answering​ the question: “Why is individual initiative important, and why do we honor President Reagan and the​ Temecula volunteers who built our first sports park?”

This year, many students put their hearts​ and minds into their effort and it was very evident in the quality of their work.

First prize of $150 goes to the 3rd or 4th grader with the best response. Second place gets $100 and 3rd place, $50. Community Little Book publishes the essays of the top three prize winners in the next issue of Community Little Book.

The top three students at each school with three or more entries receive Certificates of Recognition. Every student who enters the contest and attends the Can-Do Day Celebration will receive an “I’m a Can-Do Kid!” decal at the event.

In addition, a Temecula or Murrieta high school senior will be awarded the Medallion of Initiative and a $500 scholarship for submitting an essay that offers a compelling, true, personal story of individual initiative.

A Rancho Elementary School Character Building Group, comprised of students from grades 1 through 3, will use music, dance and drama to focus on an important character trait. The CBGs, as the group is called, is directed by Anne O’Donnell-McCann, a Rancho Elementary School teacher, and Stacy Senecal, a parent.

Another teacher, Teresa Heine of Temecula Prep, will talk about her visit to the Discovery Center at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, where her 8th grade students took part in a simulated crisis that occurred during the Reagan Administration.

The students played the roles of the decision-makers, including the President, as they re-enacted the crisis. The experience was underwritten by the FRRSP.

Also part of this event is the presentation of the Mayor’s Trophy which is awarded to the school with the greatest number of qualified entries in the essay contest for the 3rd and 4th graders.

For questions about the 2014 Can Day Celebration, contact Perry Peters at (951) 676-1984 or e-mail him at [email protected]

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