Elementary essay contest gains monetary upgrade

TEMECULA – Inspired by the top winner of last March’s essay contest for third and fourth graders, the Friends of Ronald Reagan Sports Park has doubled the value of their prizes and added a new one: $100 worth of classroom supplies for the teacher of the first place winner.

Teachers who wish to encourage their students to take part in the contest may request a copy of the lesson plan and/or DVD relating to the theme of the contest by e-mailing

[email protected] A copy of the entry form is available through the school or directly online at


In past years, the top prize was $150 in U.S. Savings Bonds, with second and third place earning $100 and $50 in bonds, respectively. For this year’s winners, the prizes will be in cash.

When third grader Georgianna Mandel of Helen Hunt Jackson won last year, she mentioned that she applied her individual initiative by making inexpensive jewelry and selling it to classmates and anyone else who would like some. She has accepted an invitation to display her jewelry at the Seventh Annual Can-Do Day Celebration on March 2, 2013, at the Community Recreation Center in Ronald Reagan Sports Park.

In addition, the school whose students submit the greatest number of qualified contest entries is presented with the Mayor’s Trophy, a four-foot traveling award presented by the Temecula Mayor, on Can-Do Day and again at the school’s awards assembly. The award stays with the school until the following year’s winner is determined.

The contest is open to third and fourth graders at all public and private schools in Temecula, as well as to home-schooled students. Deadline for entries is Feb. 9, 2013.

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