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On Saturday morning WPSU visited the St. Marys Public Library to kick off the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, geared toward kindergarten through third grade students.
"Itâ€™s a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of childrenâ€™s reading skills through hands-on, active learning," said Bianca Barr, Penn State Outreach Marketing and Communications.
Penn State Public Broadcasting has partnered with WQED in Pittsburgh and West Virginia Public Broadcasting to offer this contest to children across Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The contest kicked off Jan. 14, with entries due by April 6.
As part of the contest the three stations will select local winners and award prizes. This yearâ€™s local winnersâ€™ celebration will be held in the historic Fred Rogers Studio at WQED in Pittsburgh on May 12 and will feature performances of the winnersâ€™ stories that have been transformed into puppet plays.
Local winners will then be entered into the national level of the contest, where a panel of judges will select the winners.Â National winners will be announced and prizes â€“ including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players â€“ will be awarded during May 2012.