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Twin Cities Public Television
Media Advisory

For Immediate Release
January 13th, 2014

Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) Announces Annual Writer's Contest

Metro Area Kids in Grades K-3 Encouraged to Submit Original Stories

Saint Paul, Minn., Jan. 13, 2013 – On January 26 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) will kick off its annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, with a Write-A-Thon at the Mall of America, featuring creative writing activities, local kids band The Bazillions, and more.  The Writers Contest, which runs from January 1 – March 29 for children in grades K-3, is designed to empower children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories. 

 

“TPT is committed to providing fun opportunities for metro area kids to improve reading and writing and to express their creativity,” said Kathleen O’Donnell, director, tpt’s Family & Education Services. “The PBS KIDS Writers Contest helps Twin Cities children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”

 

How the Contest Works

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, children in the Twin Cities can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Local judges will work with tpt to select winners and award prizes (including gift cards to local bookstores) in the spring of 2014. All participants will receive a certificate and an invitation to a special celebration.

 

A grand-prize winner at each grade level 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 2014 and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

 

The national winners will receive prizing courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog®, makers of the LeapReader® Reading & Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children®. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo. 

 

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.

 

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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, visit our website at www.tpt.org or join us on Facebook and Twitter.

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About LeapFrog

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in educational entertainment for children. For nearly 20 years, LeapFrog has created award-winning learning solutions that combine educational expertise, innovative technology and a child's love for fun. With experiences that are personalized to each child's level, LeapFrog helps children achieve their potential through LeapFrog's proprietary learning tablets, learn to read and write systems, interactive learning toys and more, all designed or approved by LeapFrog's full-time in-house team of learning experts. LeapFrog's Learning Path, the ultimate guide for parents on early childhood, is designed specifically to help support and guide their child's learning with personalized ideas and feedback, fun activities and expert advice. LeapFrog is based in Emeryville, California, and was founded in 1995 by a father who revolutionized technology-based learning solutions to help his child learn how to read. Learn more at www.leapfrog.com.

 

About Highlights for Children, Inc. (www.Highlights.com)

Devoted to "Fun with a Purpose," family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. (Highlights.com) has helped children become their best selves for generations. Highlights magazines are the best-read children’s magazines in North America, and total more than 250 million impressions each year. In addition to the flagship magazine, Highlights’ other offerings include a preschool magazine (High Five), an infant and toddler magazine (Hello), a children’s book company (Boyds Mills Press), puzzle book clubs and a variety of digital products. Highlights can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at its blog, Highlights Aha!

 

Contact

Elle Krause-Lyons, tpt Communication Manager

ekrauselyons@tpt.org

651-229-1491

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