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Local Kids Story Contest Seeks Entries

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2010

Contact: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator and SIRIS Director, (618) 453-6148, vickie.devenport@wsiu.org.

Carbondale, IL Hey, kids! Do you have a cool idea for a story? WSIU Public Broadcasting is inviting area children in kindergarten through the third grade to create their own stories and enter them in our PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, sponsored regionally by Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon and My Favorite Toys at University Mall in Carbondale.

Entry forms and contest rules are available online at wsiu.org/writerscontest or call (618) 453-4344. Entries must be postmarked by March 24 and should be mailed to: WSIU TV PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, 910 S. Forest, SIUC Mailcode 6527, Carbondale, IL 62901.

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a national-local contest designed to promote the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. “Kids naturally have a keen sense of curiosity and incredible imaginations,” says Greg Petrowich, Executive Director of WSIU Public Broadcasting. "WSIU's PBS KIDS GO! Writers contest provides the opportunity for children to express their ideas while building key literacy skills such as storytelling."

Judges will choose a first place winner and honorable mention for each grade level at the local level. First place winning stories will advance to the national contest, where they will compete for prizes such as laptops, digital cameras, and MP3 players. WSIU-TV will announce the names of local honorees on the air and will post their stories online at www.wsiu.org. Local honorees also will be invited to an awards ceremony at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts later this spring, where their work will be featured in a public exhibit. WSIU Radio will invite honorees to record their stories for broadcast this summer. All children who enter the contest will receive a special Certificate of Achievement.

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,” which was discontinued after the Reading Rainbow series ceased production. The Contest is produced by WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto and PBS, and is part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national initiative that uses the power of public media to build the reading skills of young children, with an emphasis on children from at-risk families. WSIU is one of 20 stations across the nation participating in the PBS KIDS Raising Readers initiative at the local level.

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