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National Reading Rainbow Contest Open to Young Writers and Illustrators

Dec. 30, 2008 – Kindergarten through 3rd graders are invited to write and illustrate original storybooks and enter them in the 15th annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. Applications and additional information are available beginning Jan. 1 from WTJX's Richmond office on St. Croix, Haypiece Hill on St. Thomas, and at www.wtjxtv.org. Sponsored by the PBS series "Reading Rainbow," the contest attracts more than 40,000 entries each year. Airing weekdays at 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., the television program builds lasting friendships between children and books. The contest builds on the program's mission to encourage a child's love of books and reading.
Every child who enters receives a special Certificate of Achievement. Prizes will be given to the first, second and third-place finishers. The stories will be featured on WTJX, and local first-place winners will advance to the national competition.
National prizes are awarded to three winning stories in each grade, and they are featured on pbskinds.org. To read previous national winning stories as well as a sample of local submission, visit pbskids.org/readingrainbow.
For further information, contact Claude Gerard, education outreach manager, at 773-3337, ext. 227.

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Dec. 30, 2008 - Kindergarten through 3rd graders are invited to write and illustrate original storybooks and enter them in the 15th annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. Applications and additional information are available beginning Jan. 1 from WTJX's Richmond office on St. Croix, Haypiece Hill on St. Thomas, and at www.wtjxtv.org. Sponsored by the PBS series "Reading Rainbow," the contest attracts more than 40,000 entries each year. Airing weekdays at 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., the television program builds lasting friendships between children and books. The contest builds on the program's mission to encourage a child's love of books and reading.
Every child who enters receives a special Certificate of Achievement. Prizes will be given to the first, second and third-place finishers. The stories will be featured on WTJX, and local first-place winners will advance to the national competition.
National prizes are awarded to three winning stories in each grade, and they are featured on pbskinds.org. To read previous national winning stories as well as a sample of local submission, visit pbskids.org/readingrainbow.
For further information, contact Claude Gerard, education outreach manager, at 773-3337, ext. 227.