KCOS’ annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is now underway for kids in the El Paso and Las Cruces area.
Designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning, the contest empowers children in grades K-5 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories
“KCOS is committed to helping El Paso & Las Cruces area children build valuable literacy skills through fun, hands-on opportunities to express their creativity and explore their imagination, said Emily Loya, General Manager, KCOS.
Loya adds, “Through providing opportunities for kids in our border region to learn and explore through creative writing, KCOS is making a commitment to its children and their long term success, in school and in life.”
The Contest, made possible in part by local financial support from El Paso Electric, Superior Health Plan, and El Paso Kids Inc.
Children in the El Paso/Las Cruces area can submit their entries to the KCOS PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Volunteer judges from the UTEP Department of Teacher Education will select local winners and award prizes including free books, gift certificates to local kid-friendly businesses, and PBS Kids prizes in May 2018.
Local winners’ stories will be published on www.kcostv.org, as well as on El Paso Herald-Post, and recognized in the May edition of the El Paso Kids Inc.
Additionally, any classroom or community organization that submits at least five stories will be entered for a chance to win a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog. PBS LearningMedia also offers a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide.
The contest is supported by a robust set of resources for children, parents and teachers which can be found online. Story ideas, activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries are available on the Contest website to inspire children during the brainstorming process.
To enter the Contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit www.kcostv.org/write. The deadline for entries is April 6, 2018.