PBS 39 Congratulates all the
PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest 2010 Participants and Winners!
Bethlehem, PA - April 15, 2010 - PBS39 has selected 16 local winners of the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, which encourages children grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of writing and illustrating by submitting their own original storybooks. The winners were chosen from among 75 local entrants by a panel of local judges including Moravian College Elementary Education students.
PBS39 was one of 87 public television stations participating in this year's Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Contest entries are first judged at the local level, after which local winners advance to the national competition where a panel of renowned judges will identify the national winners. Winners will be announced and national prizes, including laptops, digital cameras and MP3 players, will be awarded in summer 2010.
First Place: “In My Own World” by Eli Siler, Whitehall, PA
Second Place: “All about Flamingos” by Rokia Whitehouse, Bethlehem, PA
Third Place: “The Lonely Triceratops” by Haaris Mohmand, Philadelphia, PA
Illustration: “Me and Snowflake” by Sadie Trubilla, Coaldale, PA
First Place: “How Easter and the Easter Bunny Came To Be” byMolly Clemens, Phoenixville, PA
Second Place: “Grace and Lauren” by Sophia Lee, Macungie, PA
Third Place: “A Puppy with a Black Spot on his Right Paw” by Arya Sasne, Princeton, NJ
Illustration: “Lost in the Jungle” by Grace Ashmar, Macungie, PA
First Place: “The Great Burrito Hunt” by Carmen Saginario, Cinnaminson, NJ
Second Place: “Trash Attack” by Mihir M. Dhamankar, Devon, PA
Third Place: “My Trip to the Big Apple” by Alex Marter, Cinnaminson, NJ
Illustration: “The Friendship of Mr. Giraffe and Turtle” by Genna Goins, Cinnaminson, NJ
First Place: “My Big Adventure” by Kelly Dulaney, Allentown, PA
Second Place: “The Quest Begins” by Ashley Elliott, Cinnaminson, NJ
Third Place: “Max, the Ghost” by Conrad Lee, Macungie, PA
Illustration: “Flipper Saves the Day…or so I Thought?” by Tommy Ungvarsky, Cinnaminson, NJ
"Congratulations to all 75 children and their parents and teachers who entered PBS39's contest," said Patricia Simon, President and CEO of PBS39. "In telling their stories, all participants demonstrated their unique talents and learned from the process," Simon said.
Each child who entered the Contest received a Certificate of Achievement. The winning authors also received various prizes.
A sampling of winning stories can be found on the Contest Web site, located at ReadyToLearnReading.org. The Web site also features information for parents and teachers as well as interactive user-generated content for kids.
Produced by WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and PBS, the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national initiative that uses the power of public media to build the reading skills of children ages 2 to 8, with an emphasis on children from low-income families. The effort is funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, part of a cooperative agreement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS and The Ready To Learn Partnership.
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