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Twin Cities Public Television Announces Annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest
St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, Jan. 17 – Today, Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) announced its first annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest, made possible in part by financial support from Easy Student Publishing, encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.
“TPT is committed to providing opportunities and resources for kids to express their creativity and have fun while learning,” said Kathleen O’Donnell, Director, Family & Education Services, tpt. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest helps children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”
How the Contest Works
Beginning January 26, when the famous WordGirl from the PBS KIDS Go! show kicks things off at the Kingfield/Fulton Minneapolis Winter Market, children in the tpt viewing area can submit their entries through March 29 to the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. TPT will select local winners in April and award great prizes, including $125 in books or other media from local partner Mackin Educational Resources to the educator or librarian at the organization which submits the winning student’s stories. Winners will be announced at a celebration on April 20 featuring live music, a children’s author courtesy of Mackin, plus more books and fun, and they will be featured in the May MN Parent Magazine, as well as on air.
The local winners will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced during the summer of 2013, receive prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players, and have their winning stories be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.
Creative Writing Resources
The Contest is supported by a robust set of resources for children, parents and teachers. Story ideas, activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries are available on the Contest website to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide.
To enter the Contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit www.tpt.org/writers.
This is one of many resources tpt provides parents, educators, and other caregivers to help improve learning outcomes for kids. tpt.org/learn is a rich site, with community events like the writers contest, plus tips, tools, and activities that harness the power of media in ways that parents and educators can use to help engage children and youth.
PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Honorary Judges
A panel of America's foremost children's authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. The 2013 honorary national judges include:
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