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Essay contest, Pennies for the Parade get schools in centennial spirit

By: Jim Gray Mayor of Roseville
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With Roseville’s centennial April 10, our city will turn 100, and your participation will make it a truly community-wide event. With a centennial essay contest and our Pennies for the Parade program, you can get involved and have fun. With a float entry in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade, the city of Roseville’s float will be seen by 40 million viewers nationwide. And that’s just the beginning of our centennial events that will involve Roseville residents of all ages and backgrounds. The centennial essay contest is open to all third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students in Roseville. For more information, go to Entrants will hand-write an essay between 200-400 words using their knowledge of local and state history. What do you think Roseville will be like 100 years from now? What will be different about the lives of its residents and what will stay the same? Entries are due Friday, Jan. 30. They will be judged by a panel with prizes given for first ($75), second ($25) and third ($25) places. Entries may be e-mailed to or mailed/dropped off at: City Manager’s Office, Attn: Jason Probst 311 Vernon St. Roseville, CA 95678 The city will award prizes of $75, $25 and $25 for the top three entries, as well as recognition during a formal ceremony and a picture with the mayor or a city council member. If you have any questions, contact Jason Probst at 774-5470. In addition to the essay contest, your school can also help power the Rose Parade float and centennial events through the Pennies for the Parade campaign. Pennies for the Parade was launched by the city council to encourage all residents to own a piece of the first-ever city of Roseville Rose Parade float, with extra proceeds going toward centennial events. To request official Pennies for the Parade labels via e-mail or U.S. mail for your penny jar, contact Kelly Wickline in the city manager’s office at 774-5362 or The Centennial Schools Outreach Committee is leading a challenge to involve Roseville’s school children in the float fundraising. The Roseville City School District is collecting pennies and will report on a monthly basis to the district office on the success of their penny campaign. Sargeant Elementary School presented the city with $326 in pennies after just a three-week campaign on campus. That’s 32,600 pennies collected by the students to fund the float. All schools in Roseville are invited to participate in the Pennies for the Parade campaign. To find out more information about how your school can participate, contact Probst at 774-5470 or