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Press Release: Twin Cities Public Television and Mackin Announce PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest

BURNSVILLE, MINN (January 29, 2013) – Kids, it is time to sharpen those pencils and let your creativity flow. Twin Cities Public Television (tpt), in partnership with Mackin Educational Resources and other organizations, is sponsoring its first annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest for children in kindergarten through third grade. Designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning, the contest encourages kids to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

From January 26 to March 29, 2013, children in the tpt viewing areas may submit their entries to Twin Cities Public Television in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Local winners will be announced at a celebration on April 20 where there will be live music, books, prizes, and an appearance by Monkey with a Tool Belt and Cookie, the Walker author Chris Monroe courtesy of Mackin Educational Resources. Four educators or librarians who submitted the winning students’ stories to tpt will receive $125 in books or other media from Mackin. Winners will be featured in the May issue of MN Parent Magazine as well as on air.

These student winners will go on to compete in the national contest, where a panel of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators, and content experts will serve as honorary judges to select winning entries. The top 12 will receive prizes and have their winning stories featured on www.pbskids.org/writerscontest.

“We’re happy to support such a worthwhile endeavor,” said Randal Heise, founder and owner of Mackin Educational Resources. “When an activity inspires creativity and a love of literacy in children, there are no losers.”

For full details about the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, rules, an entry form, and a collection of online teacher resources including a Common Core alignment chart, visit www.tpt.org/writers. This contest is sponsored in part by Minnesota Parent, Easy Student Publishing, and Mackin Educational Resources.

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About Mackin Educational Resources
Mackin Educational Resources has provided library and classroom materials to PK-12 schools for nearly 30 years. Known for its high commitment to customer care and customization, Mackin provides print books, eBooks, online databases, audiobooks, video resources and more to schools across the country and around the globe. Learn more about Mackin Educational Resources by visiting www.mackin.com or contacting them at 800-245-9540 – where every phone call is always answered in person and true customer service still exists.

About tpt
The mission of tpt is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.”

As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, tpt uses television, interactive media, and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its 50 plus year history, tpt has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys.

Based in St. Paul, MN, tpt is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels. The organization’s particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America’s aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community.

For more information about tpt, please visit our website at www.tpt.org or join us on Facebook and Twitter.

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