PBS Kids Writers Contest

PBS KIDS & WSKG Youth Writers Contests Now Open

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. These contests are open to children who reside in the region that WSKG serves. 

2020 PBS Kids Writers Contest Entry Form (K-3)
2020 PBS KIDS Writers Contest RULES (K-3)
2020 WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form (4-6)

Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2020 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

These contests are supported by volunteers from the School Librarian Association of the Southern Tier East, the George F. Johnson Public Library, and the Four County Library System. Thank you!

WSKG & Binghamton Zoo Present ‘Zoo School’ Winter Programming

Looking for fun educational activities during the winter? Let your child spend their winter weekends with the Wild Kratts! The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park and WSKG are partnering to bring your child’s favorite show to life. Hang with us to learn more about our creature friends! Zoo School featuring Wild Kratts is for children aged 6-10 years old.

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The NPR Student Podcast Challenge Is Back!

HOW IT WORKS / WHERE TO BEGIN / THE RULES / THE JUDGES / SUBMIT / CONTACT US

NPR is inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR. Be a part of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Here’s how it works: Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group. Then your teacher can submit it to us. This contest is for teachers with students between 5th and 12th grade.

Connect NY: Trauma Informed Education

According to state education officials, the number of students facing mental health challenges is dramatically increasing.  To adapt, schools are incorporating Trauma Informed Practices into the classroom. We will discuss why trauma is affecting more children, and look at the skills educators are adopting to help them cope. Panelists

Dr. John M. Garruto, D.Ed., NCSP, School Psychologist for the Oswego City School District; President, New York Association of School Psychologists

Dr. Sandy Addis, Executive Director, National Dropout Prevention Center

Melissa S. Evans, Director of Student Support Services, Syracuse City School District; Co-chair, Trauma and Resilience Advocacy Committee
Tracey Musarra Marchese, MSW, LCSW-R, Professor of Practice, School of Social Work, Falk College, Syracuse University

Watch this episode on WSKG TV October 19th, 2019 at 5:00a.m.

Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities. Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and aired in partnership with WSKG.

Molly of Denali

‘Molly of Denali’ Event in Corning, NY

School’s Out, Art’s In! Indigenous People’s Day with WSKG & Molly of Denali at The Rockwell Museum

Monday, October 14, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Activities included with regular museum admission
No registration required for this drop-in experience
Kids & Teens (17 & under): Free
Local Resident Adults: $5.50

Celebrate Indigenous People’s day and connect with music, art and history! Explore and learn about Native American cultures across the United States. AT THE ART LAB (36 E. Market Street Corning, NY)

See episodes of the new hit PBS KIDS series, Molly of Denali, featuring an Alaska Native girl
Play instruments and touch animal hides with Seven Generations of Stewards
Make-and-take a mythical being collage inspired by the Birds, Animals and Spirits sculpture by artist Abraham Anghik Ruben

AT THE ROCKWELL (111 Cedar Street Corning, NY)

Design and create your own drum in the Education Center
Explore the galleries and complete an Art Hunt
Find Mt. Denali in one of the paintings on view

Catch a Sneak Peek of New PBS KIDS Series ‘Molly of Denali’

Molly of Denali, a new multiplatform PBS KIDS series premiering on July 15th 2019, follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Alaska Native Molly Mabray. EVENT
Join WSKG and the Fenimore Art Museum on Sunday, July 7th as we partner for a  ‘Molly of Denali’ event! We’ll be screening episodes from the upcoming series at 11a.m. and 1p.m. followed by hands-on activities in the Study Center. Visitors will also be able to view the museum’s Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown, NY.

Winners Announced in the 2019 WSKG Writers Contests

Thank you to the 174 students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year!  Our Judging Committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories. All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Conor Jones | Attack of the Alien Jellyfish
2nd Place | Max Fedin | The Three Amigos
3rd Place | Ella Gasior | A Fishy Story About Lilly
Honorable Mention | Calvin Vongphachanh | Doggo and Ducky’s Great Adventure

First Grade
1st Place | Norah Thompson | Alex Loves Laura
2nd Place | Alice Abaya | Amazing Animals
3rd Place | Adalyn Bohne | The Happy Cat

Second Grade
1st Place | Amelia Parks | Gordon’s Journey to the Surface
2nd Place | Grace Beirdneau | The Adventures of Tina Taco
3rd Place | Emersyn Jones | The Two Little Deer

Third Grade
1st Place | Frances Miller | The Raven – Chapters 1 & 2
2nd Place | Haven Aylesworth | The Lost Baby Unicorn
3rd Place | Ares Compton | Let’s Go to Space
Honorable Mention | Elle Webb | The Weekend at School

 

Fourth Grade
1st Place | William Kappauf | The Night Before Easter
2nd Place | Kyleigh Weiland | Christopher Columbus’ First Voyage: Our Trip to America
3rd Place | Heyan Chung | The History of English
Honorable Mention | Madeline Housel | People of Time 

Fifth Grade
1st Place | Ethan Wentzel | The Most Valuable Mitt
2nd Place | Nehemiah Jahn | Knowing the Notables, Names, and Nature of New York
3rd Place | Katie Costello | The Chocolate Bar
Honorable Mention | Reagan Slocum | The Remote

Sixth Grade
1st Place | Chloe King | Up in Flames
2nd Place | Alice Clapp | A New Life
3rd Place | Felix Jones-Rounds | Spicy
Honorable Mention | Joseph Gonzales | As It Passes By

Special thanks to the School Librarians of the Southern Tier – EAST, Broome Tioga BOCES, Four County Library System, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, MaryAnn Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Alicia Sherman, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles.  

#143DayEDU

WSKG is pleased to partner for this very special twitter chat in honor of Fred Rogers. Join the discussion May 23, 2019 at 8:30pm EST and follow #143DayEDU. Your hosts for the chat are Sean Gaillard and Dr. Jennifer Williams. Our Director of Education, Jackie Stapleton-Durham, will also be part of the chat and curating input from local educators. HOSTS
Mr. Gaillard is an award winning educator and Principal at Lexington Middle School in Lexington, North Carolina. He founded #CelebrateMonday and #TrendthePositive and is author of The Pepper Effect: Tap Into the Magic of Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation. 

Dr. Williams has worked as a school administrator, literacy specialist, classroom teacher, and currently, as a professor at Saint Leo University.