Local contest part of effort to mobilize children across America to write and illustrate their own stories
Plattsburgh, NY – 5/8/13 — Mountain Lake PBS honored the winners of its annual PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest with a celebration on April 30th at 4:00 pm.
The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest invites children from kindergarten to third grade to write and illustrate their own stories. Entries were judged in the station’s local contest, and each child who participated received a special Certificate of Achievement. First place local winners will be entered into the national level of the Contest where a renowned panel of judges will choose the national winners.
Local author and illustrator, Sheri Amsel, participated in the event celebrating the winners, demonstrating her method for illustration in an interactive presentation with the contest winners.
“Kids naturally have a keen sense of curiosity and incredible imaginations,” said Jane Owens, Director of Outreach and Education. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest provides a safe forum for our region’s children to express their ideas while fostering key early literacy skills like story-telling.”
This contest is a part of Mountain Lake's 360-degree approach to literacy that includes our on-air Ready To Learn kids programming, online resources like PBS KIDS Island, and on-the-ground events in the community.
The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the 15 year national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest,” originally created by WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto and NET Nebraska. The new Contest is produced by WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and PBS.
The winners of Mountain Lake PBS’s annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest:
KINDERGARTEN: WINNER – Miriam Sayward. HONORABLE MENTION – Ava Doorey, Joseph Mitchell, and Anthony Zurlo.
1ST GRADE: WINNER – Kye LaMarche. HONORABLE MENTION – Phoebe Glennon, Aiden Pearl, Sarah Pound, and Kade Sellars.
2ND GRADE: WINNER – Gideon Sayward. HONORABLE MENTION – Galen Halasz, Kate LaPoint, Andrew Scanio, and Alexa Turner.
3RD GRADE: WINNER – Harper R. Wolff. HONORABLE MENTION – Kaylin Barnaby, Travis Bowman, Eleanor Crowley, and Maria Zurlo.
The celebration will be broadcast in a 30 minute special on Mountain Lake PBS on June 27th at 8:30 PM and on June 29th at 6:00 PM.
To see photos from the celebration and to read the winning stories, please visit: http://mountainlake.org/education/pbs-kids-go-writers-contest