East Tennessee PBS launches 2011 PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest

East Tennessee PBS is launching its 2011 PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, a competition designed to promote children’s love of reading and improve literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. Students in kindergarten through third grade may submit an original illustrated story by Thursday, March 31 to enter.

“The PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest celebrates the power of imagination and creativity while fostering key early reading skills such as storytelling and vocabulary,” said Frank Miller, Assistant General Manager of East Tennessee PBS.

The original story can be fictional or fact, prose or poetry. It must include five colorful illustrations such as a drawing, photo, 3-D art or collage. The story will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. A complete list of contest rules and entry forms are available online at www.EastTennesseePBS.org or at any Knox County Public Library branch.

Entry forms should be sent to: Frank Miller, East Tennessee PBS, 1611 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917.

First place winners will receive a certificate, prizes and the opportunity to read their story on-air! Winners will be announced in summer 2011.

East Tennessee PBS, a nonprofit viewer-supported public television station and the local PBS affiliate, offers all East Tennesseans the opportunity to explore new worlds and new ideas. The organization is driven by its public service mission to help everyone discover more about his or her world both on and off the air. The station broadcasts non-violent, commercial-free children’s series; instructional programs to K-12 classrooms and home schooled students; basic skill and adult education series; and national and local programs that entertain, enlighten and educate to approximately 925,000 households in East Tennessee, southern Kentucky and western North Carolina. In addition, East Tennessee PBS provides educational online resources for adults and children as well as coordinates outreach programs like its Be More Awards and Young Writers Contest.

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