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OPT announces annual children’s writing contest

Local winner will be entered into national contest
Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ozarks Public Television (OPT) recently announced its annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning and encourages children to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

“Ozarks Public Television is committed to providing fun opportunities for Springfield area kids to express their creativity,” said Hannah Combs, contest coordinator. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest helps children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”

The contest is open to children between kindergarten and third grade and is accepting entries through April 15. OPT will select and announce local winners in spring 2013.  Prizes will be awarded at the annual Writers Contest banquet later in the year.

The local winners will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced during summer 2013, and the winning stories will be featured on the writers contest website. The national winners will receive prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players. Additionally, Highlights for Children, Inc. has joined the contest as a new promotional partner and all participants will have the option to receive a print or digital version of “Highlights” magazine.

The contest also offers a variety of resources for children, parents and teachers. Story ideas, activity sheets and previous winning entries are available on the contest website. PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online teacher resources for classroom use. For contest entry, rules and resources, visit www.optv.org.

The OPT PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is made possible in part by financial support from Easy Student Publishing, with local support from Waverly House Gifts and Gallery.

For more information, contact Combs at (417) 836-8894.


About Ozarks Public Television
OPT is an affiliate of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and is dedicated to providing quality programs from national, regional and local sources. Each weekday, OPT provides 10 hours of educational children’s programming, viewed by over 50,000 kids each week. OPT spends over half a million dollars each year on children’s programming—more than a quarter of its annual operating budget.
PBS KIDS GO! offers early elementary children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. For more information on specific PBS KIDS GO! content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom, join our community online on Twitter and Facebook or visit PBSKIDSGO.org.
About Easy Student Publishing
Meet writing standards and motivate students using book-making tools and resources from Easy Student Publishing. With Classbook and Storybook options, free programs, online or mail-in production and expert resources, we have publishing solutions designed for educators. Enhance curriculum, support literacy and promote creativity. Every student can be a published author!
About Highlights for Children, Inc. (www.Highlights.com)
Devoted to “Fun with a Purpose,” family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. has helped children become their best selves for generations. Its flagship publication, Highlights magazine, the most recognizable and widely read children’s magazine in the nation, has printed more than a billion copies. Other Highlights offerings include a version for younger children, High Five magazine; a new magazine for babies and their caregivers, Highlights Hello magazine; Highlights for Children book clubs; and mobile applications like My First Hidden Pictures. Highlights can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at its blog for thoughtful parents, Highlights Aha. Corporate offices are in Columbus, Ohio, and editorial offices are in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Fun with a Purpose, Goofus and Gallant, and Hidden Pictures are trademarks of Highlights for Children, Inc.

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