Mountain Lake PBS launches KIDS writers’ contest

— Mountain Lake PBS is once again encouraging early elementary-aged students to stretch their creative wings by hosting the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

For 20 years, thousands of local kids in grades K-3 have participated in this annual contest. Supported by national and local on-air promotion and robust online assets, we expect this to be another great year for the Mountain Lake PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

This educational campaign empowers kids to use their unique voices and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories – and then entering the Mountain Lake PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Each child’s participation is recognized with a certificate, and winning entries will be invited to a special celebration at the station, and have the chance to move on to the national competition. National winners will be recognized with a variety of prizes such as e-readers.

In addition to encouraging kids, the PBS KIDS Writers Contest helps families and teachers use creative writing as a literacy building skill. With the support of content and tools from PBS LearningMedia and PBS Parents, this contest will tap into the support of those who matter most in kids’ lives, parents and teachers, and help them encourage kids throughout our community to write, illustrate and enter.

“Kids naturally have a keen sense of curiosity and incredible imaginations,” said Jane Owens, Director of Outreach and Education at Mountain Lake PBS. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest will provide a safe community platform for North Country children to express their ideas while fostering key early literacy skills such as story-telling.”

Applications and additional information are available at http://mountainlake.org/writers.

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