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4 Local Kids Are National Winners in Reading Rainbow Contest

July 27, 2009


4 Local Kids Are National Winners in Reading Rainbow Contest

Milwaukee, WI - All four first-place winners in the local READING RAINBOW Writers & Illustrators Contest advanced to the national competition, where they won a National Grand Prize (2nd grade), two National Second Places (1st & 3rd grades), and one National Third Place (kindergarten.

MPTV received over 1,000 outstanding entries, 20 children in grades K4-3 were recognized locally. Winning stories were taped and aired on MPTV 10.1 HD and MPTV 36.1. The first place local winners who won national awards are:

National Grand Prize/Grade 2: Ethan Hansen, Franksville, for The Mystery of the Old, Green Purse
Prize: Flat panel television with DVD player, DVDs and books for winner, school, and public library

National Second Place/Grade 1: Anna Hietpas, Shorewood, for Pink Lady
Prize: Digital camera, DVDs and books for winner, school, and public library

National Second Place/ Grade 3: Emily Ellenbecker, Cascade, for The Middle Child
Prize: Digital camera, DVDs and books for winner, school, and public library

National Third Place/Kindergarten: Pasqualina Muro, Milwaukee, for Princess Paloma
Prize: iPod, DVDs and books for winner, school, and public library

MPTV has sponsored the contest for young children for 15 years. Including 2009, MPTV has had 16 national winners and is the only public television station to have four national winners in one year. Parents and teachers encourage children to create books that are original, creative, and well-illustrated examples of storytelling. READING RAINBOW is an Emmy Award-winning, half-hour series focusing on children and literature. It airs on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD.

For more information about next year's contest and how to get a writers' club started in your school, contact Darlyne Haertlein, MPTV's supervisor of Outreach Services at 414-297-7518 or haertled@matc.edu.

Funding for the READING RAINBOW project is provided by the Assurant Health Foundation, the Law Firm of Hupy and Abraham, and the Harley-Davidson Foundation.

Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today, MPTV offers viewers a family of nine digital channels (10.1 & 36.1-36.8) to choose from, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College. For more information, call 414-271-1036.
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