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Kids win reading contest

Twelve creative local children in kindergarten, first, second and third grade have won Vermont Public Television's annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. The educational outreach project encourages children to express themselves by writing and illustrating their own stories.

VPT will honor the children Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. with a TV program and simultaneous webcast on www.vpt.org. The broadcast program will repeat May 30 at 8:30 a.m. and May 31 at noon.

The winning stories are posted on VPT's website, and the children will be featured reading their work in short spots airing on VPT throughout the year.

The winners and honorable mentions from the Eagle's readership area are:

Kindergarten

Honorable mention: My Friend Sharmarke by Liam Redmond, Essex Jct., Vt.

First Grade

Winner: Who Let the Bat In? by Michael North, S. Burlington, Vt.

Second Grade Honorable mention: Nature Poems by Emma Neudecker, S. Burlington, Vt.

Honorable mention: How Armadillos Got Their Shells by Nora Sylvester, Richmond, Vt.

Third Grade

Winner: Santa's Bad Night at Work by Will Jewkes, S. Burlington, Vt.

Contest judges were Pat Bissonette, Pat Greene, Ben Nappi, Hannah Peacock, Kathy Pontbriand, Robin Shepherd, Michelle Szabo and Grace Worcester Greene.

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