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Reading Rainbow Contest
Students in grades kindergarten through third are invited to write and illustrate original storybooks and enter them in the 15th Annual Reading Rainbow & Illustrators Contest.




PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania and CHARLESTON, West VirginiaStudents in grades kindergarten through third are invited to write and illustrate original storybooks and enter them in the 15th Annual READING RAINBOW Young Writers & Illustrators Contest. Entry forms and additional information are available from WQED Pittsburgh and West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WV PBS) at www.wqed.org/education/rr and www.wvpubcast.org

With funding from the Equitable Resources Foundation, WQED and WV PBS are partnering for the first time to present a regional contest available to students in their viewing areas including

western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, eastern Ohio and western Maryland. WQED and WV PBS

will each name first, second and third place winners for each grade. Every child who enters the

Contest receives a special Certificate of Achievement and local first place winners will advance to the national competition.

National prizes are awarded to three winning stories in each grade and will include: a Flat Panel

TV with DVD Player (Grand Prize), Digital Camera (2nd place), and MP3 Player (3rd place) with all three winning a READING RAINBOW library set for his/her home, school and library.

Nationally sponsored by the award-winning PBS television series Reading Rainbow, the

Contest has attracted approximately 1,600 entries in WQED’s local contest in the past seven years and more than 40,000 entries nationally each year. WQED and WVPB together with more than 100 other PBS stations nationwide offer the Contest.

Airing weekdays on WQED-TV (13.1) at 2:30 p.m., Reading Rainbow builds lasting friendships between children and books. The Contest builds on the program’s mission to encourage a child’s love of books and reading.

Reading Rainbow is a registered trademark of WNED-TV, Buffalo and is co-produced by WNED-TV, Buffalo and Smarterville Productions LLC. Support for READING RAINBOW has been provided by Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Inc. and The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Now in its 26th season on PBS, Reading Rainbow has garnered more than 250 awards, including 26 Emmys (ten for “Outstanding Children’s Series”), a prestigious Peabody, nine CINE Golden Eagles, nine Parent’s Choice Awards, and six international Prix Jeunesse Awards.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting nurtures personal growth, promotes civic responsibility and inspires lifelong discovery through high-quality programming and services. West Virginia Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, wvpubcast.org and Ready To Learn® are all services of

West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Equitable Resources, Inc. is an integrated energy company with an emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas activities, including production, gathering, processing, transmission, storage and distribution. Through the Equitable Resources Foundation, the Company makes positive, ongoing contributions to the regions where its employees live and work, and uses its resources strategically to promote the growth of strong, livable communities—an essential component of the Company’s long-term business success.



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