Local contest part of effort to mobilize children to write and illustrate their own stories
Plattsburgh, NY – 1/3/2011 – 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 literacy 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.
“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.”
Applications and additional information are available at mountainlake.org/writers.
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 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.
About Mountain Lake PBS
Mountain Lake PBS produces high quality programs for local and worldwide audiences, reaching over 3.9 million viewers in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario. The station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages and devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children.
Mountain Lake PBS’ mission is to celebrate and strengthen the civic and cultural life of the Mountain Lake region by providing distinctive telecommunications programs and services that inform, educate, involve and entertain.