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Local Story Contest Exhibit on Display at University Mall

For Immediate Release
Friday, August 27, 2010

Contact: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

Carbondale, IL - WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), has teamed up with My Favorite Toys of Carbondale and the University Mall in Carbondale to present a public exhibit of winning stories by area children who participated in WSIU's 2010 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest.

Sponsored by My Favorite Toys, the story exhibit is on display now through Monday, September 27 in the public area in front of JC Penney inside the University Mall, 1237 East Main in Carbondale.

Winning stories on display include the following:

1st  - Amanda B., The Elephant Runs Away, St. Jacob, IL
Honorable Mention - Elaina M., I Like, Mt. Vernon, IL

First Grade:
1st - Kelsey J., Animal Adventures, Herrin, IL
Honorable Mention - Josie W., Wacky and the Winter Olympics, Texico, IL

Second Grade:
1st - Camryn P., Monica the Monarch, McLeansboro, IL
Honorable Mention -  Austin R., Sunday's Ball, Smithton, IL

Third Grade:
1st  - Macy S., Please Don't Laugh at My Family‚ĶI Love Them, Benton, IL
Honorable Mention - Shannon P., The Tree, Carbondale, IL

WSIU's 2010 PBS KIDS KIDS GO! Story Contest was sponsored regionally this year by Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon and My Favorite Toys at Carbondale's University Mall. The annual writing contest helps children in grades K-3 to develop their literacy skills while creating their own storybooks. WSIU was one of 87 public television stations across the country who participated in this year's contest. Over 250 children across the region submitted stories.

Produced by WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto and PBS, the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest 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 a Raising Readers station.

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