Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 190 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:
1ST PLACE WINNERS:
- Kindergarten: Josephine B., The Traveling Ornament
- First Grade: Kate Lynn K., The Crayon That Got Its Color Back
- Second Grade: Annika S., Jiggy Boto, The Pink Dolphin
- Third Grade: Elsie W., Mysterious Mars
2ND PLACE WINNERS:
- Kindergarten: Kaashvi K., The Pink Waterfall
- First Grade: Namson N., The Story of the Hopping Pencil
- Second Grade: Carson C., Tricky Trixie Off to the Vet
- Third Grade: Aidan D., The Power of Limericks
3RD PLACE WINNERS:
- Kindergarten: Surya A., The “Two”-Gether Story
- First Grade: Sakethram B., Jimmy the Pencil
- Second Grade: Keri C., Stop Bullying & Prima C. Moose and Goose
- Third Grade: Neha Ann T., The Little Song Bird of Kendra
“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”
The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.
KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and media creators will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.
The national winners will receive prize packages including a library of ARTHUR® books by best-selling children’s author, Marc Brown, courtesy of national prizing sponsor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and a personal technology device courtesy of PBS. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.
To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.