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Twin Cities Public Television
Media Advisory

For Immediate Release
April 24th, 2013

Twin Cities Public Television Announces Local PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest Winners

Hundreds of Twin Cities Area Kids Grades K-3 Recognized for Writing

St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, April 24 – Last weekend, Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) announced the winners of its first annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The 12 winners were announced at a community event at the Union Depot on Saturday.


Beginning January 26, children in the tpt viewing area submitted their entries to the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. By the end of March, over 600 stories were submitted from students of all ages who attend schools throughout the metro area. A panel of 22 honorary judges plus aspirational high school authors, college students studying education, AmeriCorps members, and members of the business, media, philanthropic, non-profit, higher-education and government sectors – including The Star Tribune, MPR, St. Paul College, Izzy’s Ice Cream and others – had the difficult task of selecting 12 winners: one for 1st place, story and illustration in grades K-3.


Winning stories included tales about a bratwurst-flavored ice cream loving dog, a dinosaur show-and-tell and a giant pickle with sunglasses Kindergarten teacher. See below for a full list of PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest winners.


“This partnership with tpt gave both students and teachers a unique opportunity to build on the learning that happens in English Language Arts classes and supporting Writers Workshop,” said Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent, Bernadeia Johnson. “I am incredibly proud of the MPS students who participated in the Writers Contest and expressed themselves creatively while building their skills and confidence as readers and writers.”


Over 500 people attended Saturday’s event, which not only recognized all of the participating children and the 12 winners, but also included live music from the Bazillions, an appearance by children’s author Chris Monroe and storytelling by Beverly Cottman. A recap and photos of the event can be found here.

In addition to the 12 children recognized, tpt and their partners also awarded the winning student’s teacher with prizes including $125 in books or other media from local partner Mackin Educational Resources.


“TPT is thrilled with the incredible feedback and support from the community for this contest,” said Kathleen O’Donnell, Director, Family & Education Services, tpt. “We had so many great entries, and the hard work and creativity our region’s children was inspiring to everyone. Events like the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest further our commitment to provide all children with tools and opportunities that help them love learning and excel.”


The local winners’ stories can be viewed on tpt’s website: tpt.org/writers. They will now 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 the PBS KIDS Go! website.


2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Winners:


1st place – Little Days at the Waters – Abigail B.         

Story – Show and Tell – Hashim B.

Illustration –The Rainbow Bird – Isabella T.


1st Grade

1st place – Max and the Mystery Kindergarten Teacher – William B.

Story – Fred Wants Ice Cream – Megan O.

Illustration – Megan the Snow Princess and the Prince – Rachel K.


2nd grade

1st place – The Great Rescue – Annabel T.

Story – The Cure of the “Golden Touch” – Aileen D.

Illustration – The Dino Club – Dane B.


Third Grade

1st place – Because of the Rain – Elizabeth R.

Story – The Climb – Alexandre C.

Illustration – Meryl’s Adventure – Eason J.



TPT.org /Learn

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.



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About tpt
The mission of tpt is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.”


As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, tpt uses television, interactive media, and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its 50 plus year history, tpt has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys.
Based in St. Paul, MN, tpt is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels.  The organization's particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America's aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community.


For more information about tpt, please visit our website at www.tpt.org or join us on Facebook and Twitter.



PBS KIDS GO! offers early elementary children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs.  For more information on specific PBS KIDS GO! content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom, join our community online on Twitter and Facebook, or visit PBSKIDSGO.org.


About Mackin Educational Resources

Mackin Educational Resources has provided library and classroom materials to PK-12 schools for nearly 30 years. Known for its high commitment to customer care and customization, Mackin provides print books, eBooks, online databases, audiobooks, video resources and more to schools across the country and around the globe. Learn more about Mackin Educational Resources by visiting www.mackin.com or contacting them at 800-245-9540 – where every phone call is always answered in person and true customer service still exists.


About MN Parent

Serving Minnesota families since 1986, Minnesota Parent is the region’s premier parenting publication. Minnesota Parent provides families with award-winning editorial content as well as local event and resource information that assists parents in raising happy, healthy children. MNP has a 52,500 monthly distribution.


About Easy Student Publishing

Meet writing standards and motivate students using book-making tools and resources from Easy Student Publishing.  With Classbook and Storybook options, free programs, online or mail-in production and expert resources, we have publishing solutions designed for educators.  Enhance curriculum, support literacy and promote creativity.  Every student can be a published author!



Elle Krause-Lyons

tpt Public Relations Specialist



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