Plattsburgh, NY – 12/20/2012 – Mountain Lake PBS is launching the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a local competition designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. This annual effort encourages children in grades K-3 in the North Country region to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original work.
Mountain Lake PBS will actively partner with schools, public libraries and other organizations to implement the contest. Children will be encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to Mountain Lake PBS, which will select winners and award prizes. A first place winner and three honorable mention winners will be selected from each grade level.
In partnership with The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, an optional writing workshop is being offered on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the month of February. Students in grades K-3 are invited to create their own fully illustrated book that can be entered into the contest. More information about the class is available at http://plattsburgharts.org/?page_id=2931.
“Kids naturally have a keen sense of curiosity and incredible imaginations,” said Jane Owens, Director of Outreach and Education at Mountain Lake PBS. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest will provide a safe virtual community forum for North Country children to express their ideas while fostering key early literacy skills such as story-telling.”
Over the last 19 years, Mountain Lake PBS has collected thousands of stories from children in our region through this content. Applications and additional information are available at http://www.mountainlake.org/education/education-initiatives/writing.html.
The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest,” originally created by WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto and NET Nebraska. The new Contest is coordinated by WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto.
Please Note: PBS member stations are permitted to use the PBS name and PBS KIDS GO! logo for this contest, but PBS does not produce or sponsor the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. PBS takes no part in the receipt or judging of entries and the awarding of prizes. The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is operated entirely by WNED and your local station.