BURNSVILLE, MINN (February 7, 2013) – Mackin Educational Resources is proud to announce the winner of a nationwide contest to receive a special visit from children’s author, Betty Birney. Congratulations to students at Kolter Elementary School in Houston, Texas! They will soon be meeting Birney due to the winning entry submitted by their school librarian, Cynthia Oubre.

“Mackin Educational Resources is pleased to provide this opportunity for the students of Kolter Elementary School,” said Randal Heise, founder and owner of Mackin. “We believe it is especially important for young people experience the joy of literacy through many different avenues, from reading a book to meeting its author.”

The nationwide author-visit contest opened in September with special email announcements sent throughout the autumn of 2012. Each email announcement featured a contest button which led to a simple entry form. The email messages also highlighted a special offer: 25% off all Humphrey books on mackin.com with free processing and shipping. By the December 31, 2012, deadline, Mackin Educational Resources had received nearly 2,000 entries.

Mackin’s Marketing & Promotions Department is currently working in partnership with Penguin Young Readers Group to coordinate Birney’s visit to Kolter Elementary School. The creator of the loveable “According to Humphrey” series, Birney has written more than 35 books for children and has received numerous awards for her work.

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.

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