Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Helping Young Writers Thrive

By Beth Fronckowiak, Manager of Learning & Technology, WNED/ThinkBright & Well

PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Logo
We’d all like for our children to excel at reading and writing – maybe even become literary geniuses, writing away in their journals, sketches to accompany of course. But it isn’t always that easy. However, here’s an opportunity that might inspire your young writers! The 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is underway. Now in its 19th year (the contest was previously the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators contest – same contest, new name), the contest is a great experience that children will have their entire lives.

Generating hundreds of wonderful stories from young writers all over Western New York annually, the contest allows children in grades Kindergarten through third to let their imaginations run wild! Winners from WNED’s local contest are then sent to the National Contest where the judging takes place at PBS headquarters in Washington, D.C.gr1

At the WNED contest website you will find this year’s entry form, rules, how the contest aligns with ELA Core Curriculum Standards, PBS developed teacher activity handouts, and information about an exciting opportunity for classrooms to win a visit from a favorite PBS character – just for participating this year!

Upcoming contest events include a special writing session for kids in the Children’s Room at the Central Library (downtown branch) on Saturday Feb. 16 at 2 p.m., a Teacher Workshop offering valuable tips and techniques for your students here at WNED on Thursday Feb. 21 and of course our winner celebration in May!gr3

For more information about the contest or any of these events, please contact Beth Fronckowiak at bfronckowiak@wned.org or (716)845-7000 ext. 373.

This year’s entry deadline is March 25! Share the love of reading and writing and encourage a child to enter today!

WNED’s 2013 local contest made possible by generous support from the Kevin T. and Betty Ann Keane Family.

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