First Grade: Sea Creatures Save the Day by Lillie Eide of Centerville, South Dakota is a story about a family with a sinking boat that is saved by sea creatures.
Second Grade: The Adventures of Melvin and Rachel by Ernest Ting of Brookings, South Dakota is about a family vacation to Harney Peak and the Black Hills.
Third Grade: Shrunken by Allie Weber of Sioux Falls, South Dakota is about a boy named Stanley who becomes a spy.
In addition, the judges chose Shrunken to create a web based video version of the story which can be viewed online at www.pioneer.org/writerscontest.
The annual PBS Writers contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and drawings.
Pioneer’s three winning stories will advance to the national contest where they will be read by a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts who will rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/wrtierscontest.
For more information, contact Patrick Moore, Communications Coordinator at Pioneer Public TV, 120 W. Schlieman Ave., Appleton, MN 56208; 320-289-2622; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.