The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a yearly competition in which children in grades K-5 in southern Nevada may celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original work.
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.
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.
Vegas PBS Ready To Learn
Vegas PBS has partnered with the Southern Nevada Writing Project to award each first place winner free tuition in the organization's annual summer writing camp.