By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OETA has announced its annual PBS Kids Writers Contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning.
The yearly contest, made possible in part by local financial support from the Oklahoma State Department of Education empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.
“OETA is committed to helping Oklahoma children build valuable literacy skills through fun, hands-on opportunities to express their creativity and explore their imagination,” said Curtis Calvin, OETA vice president of education. “Through providing opportunities for Oklahoma kids to learn and explore through creative writing, OETA is making a commitment to its children and their long term success, in school and in life.”
Beginning March 7, K-3 children in Oklahoma can submit their entries to the OETA PBS KIDS Writers Contest. OETA will announce local winners and award prizes including a trophy and prize packaged valued up to $250.00 in the spring of 2016.
In addition, local winners will be featured on www.oeta.tv and on the PBS Kids Writers Contest website.
The contest is supported by a variety of resources for children, parents and teachers, which can be found online. Story ideas, activity sheets, as well as the previous winning entries are available on the Contest website to inspire children during their creative process.
PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide.
The LearningMedia site provides teachers with support materials that teach students the elements of story writing, which can be found under the “Student Handout” tab These include a writing guide, caption writing tips, a writer’s worksheet, an illustration worksheet, a brain-storming worksheet and a revising checklist.
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media source for kids, offers children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs.
Kidscreen and Webby award winning pbskids.org provides interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers.
OETA provides essential educational content and services that inform and connect Oklahomans to ideas and information that enrich their quality of life. This is accomplished by engaging Oklahomans with educational and public television programming, providing educational training and curriculum, outreach initiatives and online features that encourage lifelong learning.
As Oklahoma’s storyteller, OETA shares and preserves Oklahoma history, culture and heritage. During the past 60 years, the ‘Oklahoma Network’ has built and archived a digital living history with more than 400 hours of Oklahoma stories.
Visit www.oeta.tv for more information about education curriculum and programs, local productions, digital television, community resources and show schedules.
All PBS Kids Writers Contest entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 15. Mail entries to: OETA/PBS Kids Writers Contest, 7403 North Kelley Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.