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WDSE/WRPT Set a New National Record in the 2010 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest

Children see the world as a place of promise and hope, a place where anything can and does happen and the boundaries between what is imagined and what is real are very fluid. The optimism and creativity of childhood is precious, and it is fragile. It needs to be encouraged and nurtured so that the child feels both competent and confident in sharing their ideas and feelings. In recognition of this, The 2010 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest theme was Through the Eyes of a Child. This is the largest writing contest in the United States and WDSE•WRPT set a new national record with 5,112 original illustrated stories submitted by children in grades K-3 from 40 area elementary schools.

On Sunday, April 18th, 2010, at the Fregeau Auditorium, a standing-room-only crowd was awed as the children winning grand prizes for each grade level read their stories while their illustrations were projected onto a movie screen. This is always a magical moment, but this year the creativity of the children’s stories and the skill of the children in reading their stories was truly amazing. 120 prize packages were given out to the contest finalists and top ten winners, entertainment, including an original song titled "Through the Eyes of a Child," was provided by singer/songwriter Lauren Burton, and guest appearances were made by Word Girl, Maya and Miquel, and Curious George. Prizes and funding for the contest were provided by The Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth, Minnesota Twins, Cub Foods, and PBS.

The UMD Department of Education provided judges for the contest, made the PowerPoints to project story illustrations while the children read their stories, and more than 40 volunteers at the contest celebration.

The contest is open to all children in grades Kindergarten through Third Grade.

To read the winning stories from 2010, click here.

Watch a video of the award ceremony below.



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