Vegas PBS Honoring Local Winners of Annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest at May 20, 2015 Ceremony
(Las Vegas) – Vegas PBS has selected the local winners of the 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest for which approximately 1,144 entries, a record number, were received. The station will honor the 18 children with a dinner starting at 6 p.m. to be followed by an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on May 20, 2015, at Vegas PBS, 3050 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada. The station will formally announce the names of the winners at that time. The event is for invited guests.
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. Also, the contest serves to encourage students in kindergarten through 3rd grade to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations. Vegas PBS Ready To Learn (RTL) coordinates the contest which is open for children in grades K–5 on the local level. RTL provides instruction and resources to build literacy, math, health and social skills of children in low-income communities.
“Vegas PBS is a proud participant in the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest because it underscores our commitment to the success of Southern Nevada children,” said Ready To Learn Coordinator Jessica Carroll. She continued, “The process of creative writing has been proven to not only support the building of key academic skills, but also help improve a child’s confidence, creativity and imagination.”
During the ceremony, the local winners in grades K–5 will receive trophies, autographed books and other prizes, all sponsored by Mrs. Janice Allen. All 18 winners will receive free tuition for contest partner Southern Nevada Writing Project’s writing camp, courtesy of the Glen Lerner Gives Back charitable organization. McDonald’s, Max’s Restaurant and Tasty Island Jamaican Restaurant are providing refreshments.
Vegas PBS will forward the stories of the first place winners in grades K–3 to the PBS national contest. A panel of well-known children’s authors, illustrators, producers and media creators will serve as the honorary judges. National winners will receive prize packages including a library of Arthur books and a personal technology device. The national winners will be announced in summer 2015. In 2014, local elementary student, Oniana Boulware, was the first Southern Nevada child to place first in the national competition.
About Vegas PBS
Dedicated to enriching the lives of those who call Southern Nevada home, Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most watched PBS stations on a per capita basis. Five additional channels are available over the air or on cable and satellite including Create, Vme, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot!
Vegas PBS expands its television broadcast impact through supplemental materials on VegasPBS.org, PBS.org, PBSKids.org, PBSParents.org, PBSTeachers.org and NextAvenue.org. Vegas PBS also offers extensive online distance education for workforce development and economic diversification through Global Online Advanced Learning (GOAL).
Vegas PBS provides K-12 educational resources to teachers and students in public, private, charter and home schools including TeacherLine professional development courses; One Place, a curriculum-correlated online media service; the Described and Captioned Media Center (DCMC) containing materials for deaf, hard of hearing, blind and vision impaired individuals and those who assist them; and Ready To Learn literacy and health community workshops based on curriculum materials in daytime children’s programs.
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.