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Watertown, NY – WPBS-TV announced the winners from the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest earlier this month. The annual contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active storytelling and empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.

“We were beyond excited to have had over 140 entries to this year’s K-3 Writers Contest! The amount of creativity and level of literacy skills displayed by young authors is truly inspiring,” said Michelle Todd, Family Learning Coordinator at WPBS-TV.

An Award Ceremony honoring the winners of this year’s Writers Contest will be held during the Ready-Set-Fun! Sunny Days Literacy Festival at the Salmon Run Mall on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1:30pm in front of the former Bon-Ton court. The ceremony will include a screening of each winning author’s self-narrated and illustrated entry, produced by WPBS-TV Associate Producer/Director Kelsey McLean, as well as a presentation of certificates and a prize pack. Videos will also be available on YouTube and WPBS-TV during PBS KIDS programming. Winners are as listed below.

1st Place – Emma R. – “The Four Monkeys”

First Grade
1st Place – Madison C. – “The Monkey Who Wanted to Skydive”
2nd Place – Braelynn E. – “Buttercup Saves Her Farm Friends”
3rd Place – Luke B. – “The Pot of Gold”

Second Grade
1st Place – Lennox F. – “The Magic Microwave”
2nd Place – Sarah E. – “Sierra’s Story”
3rd Place – TIE – Donovan E. – “My Favorite Place”
3rd Place – TIE – Grace B. – “Patrick the Blue Leprechaun”

Third Grade
1st Place – Samantha J. – “The Goaty Day”
2nd Place – Anthony G. – “The Brazilian Green Bean World Tour”
3rd Place – TIE – Adeline W. – “Be Brave Bob”
3rd Place – TIE – Gail C. – “Pulling Out the Calf”

About Ready-Set-Fun! Sunny Days Literacy Festival
Ready-Set-Fun! Sunny Days Literacy Festival is a celebration of learning that has been held annually in May for over 20 years and boasts over 30 educational exhibitors, local authors, PBS KIDS Characters, a gently-used book swap and much more. Each year, WPBS-TV distributes over 1,000 free books (one per family). Admission is free with a non-perishable food item. All non-perishable food is donated to the Feed Our Vets Food Pantry of Watertown. Sponsored in part by Martin’s Point Health Care and Stewart’s Shops.

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 our two-nation audience through superior local and national content and media engagement in order to enhance the lives of those it serves.  More information about WPBS is available at, or by following WPBS on Twitter and Facebook.

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