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Youths asked to send in stories, art

January 28, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Youngsters in kindergarten through third grade are invited to write and illustrate original storybooks and enter them in the 14th annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest.

Applications and additional information is now available at www.witf.org/education by clicking on Reading Rainbow.

The deadline for entry is March 28.

Sponsored by the award-winning PBS television series "Reading Rainbow," the contest attracts more than 40,000 entries nationally each year. WITF-TV, together with more than 100 other PBS stations nationwide, offer the contest.

Students enter the contest by creating an original story with illustrations and submitting it with an official entry form to WITF.

Rules and entry forms for the Young Writers & Illustrators Contest are available at WITF's Public Media Center at 4801 Lindle Road in Harrisburg or by visiting www.witf.org/education and clicking on Reading Rainbow.

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Every child who enters the contest receives a special certificate of achievement.

Local first-place winners advance to the national competition, and a special awards ceremony will be held for the local first-, second- and third- place winners of each category at WITF's new Public Media Center.

National prizes are awarded to three winning stories in each grade. National winning stories are featured on pbskids.org, a national Web site for children. To read previous national winning stories, as well as a sample of local submissions, visit pbskids.org/readingrainbow.

The Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest is sponsored locally by Wegmans and The New Cumberland Federal Credit Union.

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