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OPT announces annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Southwest Missouri children in grades K-3 encouraged to submit original stories
Monday, February 13, 2017

OPT KIDS Writers Contest partyOzarks Public Television (OPT) is now accepting submissions for its annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

The contest, made possible in part by local financial support from Waverly House Gifts and Gallery, empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.

“OPT is committed to helping Ozarks-area children build valuable literacy skills through fun, hands-on opportunities to express their creativity and explore their imagination,” said Tammy Wiley, general manager of OPT. “Through providing opportunities for kids in southwest Missouri to learn and explore through creative writing, OPT is making a commitment to its children and their long-term success, in school and in life.”

How to enter

The contest is supported by a set of resources for children, parents and teachers. Story ideas and activity sheets are available on the contest website to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia also offers a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide.

Children can submit their entries to the contest until April 28. OPT will then select local winners and award prizes in the summer of 2017. Additionally, local winners will be featured on OPT’s website.

Print a contest entry form

To enter the contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources, visit OPT’s website.

For more information, contact Abby Lacy, OPT event coordinator, at 417-836-8972.

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