School bulletin: Dry Creek seeks attendance program sponsors

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Kids can compete to light Christmas tree

Young Californians can compete for a chance to participate in the U.S. Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C. this year. The reason: The tree is being supplied by Stanislaus National Forest in California. Children ages 5 to 17 are eligible to apply. Download the entry form at Forms must be postmarked by Friday.

Dry Creek seeks sponsors for attendance program

The Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District is seeking sponsors for its attendance incentive program, which promotes awareness of the importance of school attendance.

Last year, 448 students district-wide achieved perfect attendance. Two students from each school within this group received an award, such as laptop computers, bicycles and other prizes. The district needs sponsors to help fund prizes again this year.

The attendance incentive program also provides cash incentives to schools that improve their attendance rate to be used for instructional or extra-curricular programs. To sponsor the program, call James Ferguson at (916) 770-8875.

Write about ‘Being an American’

U.S. high school students and their teachers are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute’s sixth-annual “Being an American” essay contest.

The contest explores the founding principles outlined in the U.S. Constitution and is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and founding principles. The 2011 contest is sponsored by the History Channel.

Students are asked to answer the question: “How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?” The top three student winners from each of the five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 (first place), $500 (second place) and $250 (third place). Teacher sponsors for each student winner will also receive $100.

The deadline is Dec. 15 and winners will be announced in February. For more information, visit

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