PBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST AWARDS NEWS RELEASE – KNPB and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) celebrate the 2014 winners of the PBS Kids Writers Contest June 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Airport. Contest winners, who were selected May 20 from hundreds of northern Nevada elementary school students who submitted stories and accompanying illustrations, are featured in a freestanding installation near the ticket area of the airport during the summer. Each of the 12 winners receive a hardbound copy of his or her book, among other honors, during the Tuesday evening event.
“The winning stories this year are some of the most creative I’ve seen,” said Kurt Mische, president and CEO of KNPB. “Everyone who comes in or out of the airport will be able to read and enjoy these stories from our talented youth. I hope this helps spread the pride our community has for education and young writers.”
Along with the students’ hard-cover book, each of the dozen winners also receive a copy of him or herself reading the book aloud on DVD; a feature which airs at a later date on KNPB. Each winning story was selected based on creativity and originality, story structure and use of literary devices, relevance, quality, and originality of illustration. The top three stories from students in kindergarten through third grade were selected for top honors.
The RTIA provides snacks and beverages for all family and friends in attendance at the June 3 event. For more information, visit www.knpb.org or follow KNPB on Twitter and Facebook.
The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and is based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo. National Prizing and promotional considerations are provided by LeapFrog® with additional promotional support from Highlights for Children®. The Contest is sponsored in part locally by United Federal Credit Union, Reno Gazette-Journal, Dolan Auto Group, IGT, The Abbi Agency, Reno News & Review, Great Basin Federal Credit Union, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Umpqua Bank, City National Bank, Mountain America Credit Union, Sage Financial Advisors, Western Nevada Supply, and with support from the Lafrance Family Foundation, Marie Crowley Foundation, Abraham & Sonia Rochlin Foundation, Leonette Foundation, Jack Van Sickle Foundation, and the Nell J. Redfield Foundation.
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Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.