WTCI-PBS announces its annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest, made possible in part by local financial support from Blood Assurance, GPS, Comcast, Hamico, Lawson Electric, McCallie, Promise Pediatrics and St. Nicholas School, encourages children in grades Kindergarten through third to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.
“WTCI-PBS is committed to providing fun opportunities for Tennessee Valley area kids to express their creativity,” said Debbie Thompson, director of Education and Community Engagement. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest helps Tennessee Valley children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”
Local winner Hannah Grace Hammontree from Cohutta, Ga., was the national Kindergarten winner in 2012 and a video of her winning entry can be seen here.
Children in the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest until March 31. WTCI-PBS will select local winners and award prizes including PBS KIDS gift baskets and WTCI Kids Club Memberships in the spring of 2013.
Local winners will be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced in the summer, and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.
National winners receive prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players. Highlights for Children has joined the Contest as a new promotional partner and all participants will have the option to receive a print or digital version of Highlights magazine.
To enter the contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit http://www.wtcitv.org/news/pbs-kids-go-writers-contest/.