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PBS KIDS GO! IS CALLING ALL KIDS FOR ITS ANNUAL WRITERS CONTEST

PBS stations throughout the country encourage children to create original stories and illustrations

ARLINGTON, VA, January 30, 2011 – PBS KIDS GO! is kicking off the new year with its annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning.  The Contest, managed by member station WNED, partners with PBS stations nationwide to encourage children grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original work.

“In partnership with our local member stations, we are offering the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest as an opportunity for early learners to explore their creativity while developing essential literacy skills,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children’s Media, PBS. “Research shows that creative writing can enhance and improve a child’s literacy development, and through this Contest, PBS is helping prepare children for learning and success in school.”

Beginning January 16, 2012, PBS stations throughout the country will work with schools, public libraries and other literacy organizations to implement the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest in their communities. Children will be encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to their local stations, which will select winners and award prizes.  These winners will then be entered into the national level of the Contest where a panel of judges will select the winners.  National winners will be announced and prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players will be awarded during summer 2012. 

For the first time, stories can be digitally submitted to the Contest through a tool developed by new sponsor, StudentPublishing.com.  Every participant that uses the tool will receive a free animated digital book of their story that they can share with others, including parents who can purchase bound copies of the entry as a keepsake for years to come.  As in years past, winning entries in each of the Contest categories will be featured on the site, PBSKIDS.org/writerscontest, and visitors to the Contest site will continue to have the opportunity to create “Story Mashups” with winning stories. 

More information on participating local stations, general entry rules and contest resources can be found on www.PBSKIDS.org/writerscontest.

PBS KIDS is a trusted guide nurturing young learners ages 2- 8. As America’s largest classroom, PBS inspires children to discover their full potential for success in school and in life through a transmedia approach reaching children wherever they live, learn, and play.


About PBS KIDS GO!
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 WNED
Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, Classical 94.5/WNED-FM and WNED-AM 970, the member-supported WNED Buffalo/Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED can be found at wned.org.  

About StudentPublishing.com
StudentPublishing.com is the school division of Creations by You, and provides award-winning educational publishing products that support educators and parents. Several publishing services are offered to schools whereby students receive a free printed copy of their story. These programs are designed to inspire and  reward  the creative effort of students as well as improve comprehension and interest in the underlying subject matter.

Contacts
Melissa Mills, PBS; 703.739.8134; mkmills@pbs.org
Caitlin Melnick, 360 Public Relations; 617.585.5775; cmelnick@360publicrelations.com
John Craig, Ph.D., WNED, 716.845.7000; jcraig@wned.org

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