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published on 02/05/2007

WTCI’s 10th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest


WTCI, the community's PBS station, announced the 10th Annual WTCI Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. The contest is open to children in Kindergarten through Fifth grades. The deadline for entries is March 15, 2007.

The contest is designed to help children open their minds and explore their world in an exciting and creative way by writing their own original story and drawing imaginative illustrations. Last year over 500 stories were received from local children.

“This is one our favorite outreach events at WTCI,” said Paul Grove, WTCI President and CEO. “Not only does it encourage a life-long love for reading. It encourages children to use their imagination and share their creativity with others. This is just one example of the dynamic educational services WTCI provides to the community.”

Complete rules for the contest and entry forms may be obtained by visiting the WTCI Web site at or calling Kevin Lusk, director of public information and community outreach, at , extension 3003. There are minimum and maximum word requirements for each grade level. All storied submitted must have a minimum of five illustrations. There is no charge to enter the contest.

All children that enter will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton. WTCI will honor first, second and third place winners in each grade with prizes, a trophy and an awards ceremony at the Tennessee Aquarium. All local winners will have their story featured on the WTCI Web site.

First place winners in Kindergarten through Third Grade will advance to the national competition with the opportunity to win additional prizes.

Reading Rainbow is a multi-award winning PBS series, which takes viewers on unforgettable learning adventures to nurture a lifelong love of reading. It airs weekdays at 2 p.m. on WTCI.

The WTCI Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest is locally sponsored by Dr. Joseph Chung, DDS, Sunny 92.3 and a Community Culture Connections Grant though Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga.

WTCI is a PBS station owned by the people of the Tennessee Valley. It exists through the direct financial support of the community.

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