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January 9, 2014

Southeastern Wisconsin Kids in Grades K-3 Encouraged to Submit Original Stories

Today, Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) announced its annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children's literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest, made possible in part by local financial support from Harley-Davidson Foundation, empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.

"MPTV is committed to providing fun opportunities for kids from throughout our viewing area to express their creativity," said Ellis Bromberg, General Manager of MPTV. "The PBS KIDS Writers Contest helps children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life."

In conjunction with the PBS KIDS Writers Contest, MPTV is also offering free workshops. Participants will learn the basics of story construction and also focus on the importance of illustrations in storytelling, and will be encouraged to create a story and enter it in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

Workshops are scheduled as follows:
Thursday, January 16
Betty Brinn Children's Museum
6:30 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 19
Artist and Display
2:00 - 3:00 PM

Saturday, January 25
Bay View Public Library
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Saturday, February 1
Washington Park Public Library
1:30 - 2:30 PM

How the Contest Works
Children in Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha Counties can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. In the spring of 2014, MPTV will select local winners and award prizes, including prizes donated by Betty Brinn Children's Museum and Artist and Display.

The local winners will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced during the summer of 2014 and the winning stories will be featured on

The national winners will receive prizing courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog®, makers of the LeapReader® Reading & Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children®. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

Creative Writing Resources
The Contest is supported by a robust set of resources for children, parents and teachers. Story ideas, activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries are available on the Contest website to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide.

To enter the Contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources, visit

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The stations are watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

For more information, visit

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
P: (414) 297-8229

Julie Hill Lehr, Manager-Marketing and Community Engagement
P: (414) 297-7518