WPSU is calling all kids for annual writers contest

January 18, 2012

WPSU is kicking off the new year with the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest for students in kindergarten through third grade. The contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Penn State Public Broadcasting has partnered with WQED in Pittsburgh and West Virginia Public Broadcasting to offer this contest to children across Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The contest runs until Friday, April 6.

Go to http://www.writeonkids.org/ for information about the contest and the local enrichment opportunities offered in the WPSU viewing area.

Penn State Public Broadcasting will begin the contest at the St. Marys Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 4. The PBS character Martha, from “Martha Speaks,” will be making an appearance. The library is located at 127 Center St., St. Marys, Elk County.

WPSU, WQED, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and other PBS stations throughout the country will work with schools, public libraries and other education organizations to implement the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest in their communities.

In order to equip parents and teachers to best support their students’ contest entries, WQED will conduct three one-hour webinars on issues related to writing and illustration.

To register for the following training webinars, visit the website listed above. The following webinars will be offered:

-- “Writing and Editing” Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m.
-- “Ideation to Storyboarding” Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m.
--"Illustration" March 7 at 3:30 p.m.

The three stations will select local winners and award prizes. Local winners will be entered into the national level of the contest where a panel of judges will select the winners. National winners will be announced and prizes -- including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players -- will be awarded during summer 2012.

This year’s local winners’ celebration will be held in the historic Fred Rogers’ Studio at WQED in Pittsburgh on May 12 and will feature performances of the winners’ stories that have been transformed into puppet plays.

Penn State Public Broadcasting serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Its public media services produce, acquire and distribute programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

Last Updated February 06, 2012