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LOCAL KIDS WIN PBS WRITING CONTEST

July 21, 2010


TWO MILWAUKEE & FRANKSVILLE STUDENTS HONORED IN NATIONAL PBS KIDS GO!® WRITERS CONTEST

~ National winners selected by a panel of America's foremost children's authors, illustrators and content experts ~

Milwaukee, WI - Two MPTV/10&36 contestants have won national book writing awards. The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest has awarded Filumena Muro, a second grader from Milwaukee, national second place in grade two for her original story "My Angel Wings." Ethan Hansen, a third grader from Franksville, has received the national second place in grade three for his story "Desk: A Totally True Tale of Terror." Filumena and Ethan are two of 12 national winners who were selected from a pool of over 25,000 submissions. Both children have previously won national awards as well. Filumena's "Family Zoo" won first place in 2008, and Ethan's "Monster in My Pocket" won first place in 2008, and his "The Mystery of the Old Green Purse" won first place in 2009.

Filumena's and Ethan's stories, and the other final entries were selected by a panel of America's foremost children's authors, illustrators, and content experts including Ann M. Martin, author of The Baby-sitters Club® series; R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps® series; Marc Brown, creator of Arthur; Tony DiTerlizzi, creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles; and Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company, among others.

The contest, supported locally by Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV/10&36) and sponsored by PBS KIDS GO! and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto, encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their original work. MPTV/10&36 was one of 87 public television stations that participated in this year's contest.

"Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of the children who sent their stories to PBS stations across the country," said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children's Media, PBS. "The thousands of incredible entries we received during the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest demonstrates the impact of PBS' ongoing commitment to opening up worlds of words for all young children, encouraging them to explore ways to communicate more effectively and increase their odds of success."

"We at MPTV/10&36 were pleased to bring this opportunity to celebrate young writers to southeastern Wisconsin," said Ellis Bromberg, general manager. "I'd like to acknowledge and congratulate Filumena and Ethan -- both of you obviously have bright futures ahead of you and have made Milwaukee and Franksville proud!"

MPTV/10&36's 20 local winners were honored at an awards reception at its studios in May 2010. The 20 winning stories were taped and air as a summer special and as a series of interstitials for one year. Out of 715 entries received in 2010, the four first place winning stories went on to the national competition. Darlyne Haertlein, supervisor of outreach services coordinates the contest. She has had 18 national winners from nine of the 16 annual contests. For 15 years, the contest was known as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. In 2010, it became the PBS KIDS Go! Writers Contest. Funding for the MPTV/10&36 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is provided by the Harley-Davidson Foundation.

As 2010 national second place winners, both Filumena and Ethan receive digital cameras at a reception in their honor at MPTV/10&36 this summer. Winning stories are scheduled to be posted August 2 on ReadyToLearnReading.org. The national winners will have narration on the website. Jessica from THE ELECTRIC COMPANY will narrate Filumena's story and Shock from TEC will narrate Ethan's story. The stories will also be posted at mptv.org/kids/2010_writing/

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national initiative that uses the power of public media to build the reading skills of children ages two to eight, with an emphasis on children from low-income families. The effort is funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, part of a cooperative agreement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS and The Ready To Learn Partnership.

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