Elementary schools assist seniors with scholarships

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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Five Rocklin elementary schools have come together to assist two graduating seniors. Each school’s Parent Teacher Club donated $150 to create two $375 scholarships for both a Rocklin High and Whitney High senior. The PTC Scholarship is a collective endeavor between Cobblestone, Breen, Sierra, Rock Creek and Valley View elementary schools. Crystal Disho, PTC president at Cobblestone Elementary, said this first-time scholarship is one way parents keep service learning alive outside the classroom. “For us, the focus this year is a sense of community,” she said. As a community, the five schools have come together to award two Rocklin seniors who stand out in the realm of community service. Applicants must have a minimum of 100 hours of community service and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Valley View PTC President and Rocklin City Councilwoman Diana Ruslin said it was one way their nonprofit group could give back. “When you see the need out there for funding … you don’t have to give $5,000 — it doesn’t matter the amount,” Ruslin said. “It’s a great way for us to come together, as a united district.” Sierra Elementary co-president Mindy Musser said as an International Baccalaureate World School, Sierra Elementary students are encourage to be leaders and the scholarship sets an example for their students. “As a parent of a second-grader, I love paying it forward,” Musser said. The PTC Scholarship is part of the district’s assist-a-grad scholarships in which local businesses, organizations and individuals give contributions to support graduating seniors. The deadline for graduating seniors to apply for assist-a-grad scholarships is 3 p.m. March 31 for Rocklin High and 3 p.m. April 1 for Whitney High. However, the PTC Scholarship has an extended deadline of 3 p.m. April 13.