Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence County Kids in
Grades K-3 Encouraged to Submit Original Stories

Watertown, NY- January 1, 2013 Today, WPBS-TV announced its annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, www.wpbstv.org/writerscontest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning.  The Contest empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.

“WPBS-TV is committed to providing fun opportunities for the North Country area kids to express their creativity,” said Teri-Gene Conlin, Outreach Manager of WPBS-TV.  “The PBS KIDS Writers Contest helps the North Country children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”

How the Contest Works

Beginning January 1, 2014, children in the Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence county areas can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. WPBS-TV will select local winners and award prizes in the spring of 2014.

The local winners will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries.  National winners will be announced during the summer of 2014 and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog®, makers of the LeapReader® Reading & Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children®. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

WPBS-TV is a non-profit public television station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario. WPBS-TV’s mission is to educate, entertain and inform in order to enhance the lives of those it serves.

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