is regional winner
Cottonwood student Calli Perrin won first place for the first grade level in the Idaho Public Television/KUID regional READING RAINBOW Young Writers and Illustrators Awards contest.
Perrin’s story is titled “Sarah and the Rat’s Nest.” As a first place winner, Perrin qualified for the national contest and is competing for electronic prizes, such as a computer, television and DVD recorder or MP3 player, as well as READING RAINBOW DVD sets and related books. The national contest culminates during June with announcement of the winners.
All contestants wrote stories illustrated with at least five pictures and submitted the entries to the IdahoPTV station in their region.
A celebration at Hastings Books, Music and Video in Lewiston, on May 17 (Saturday) at 2:00 p.m. will showcase the regional winners. They will read their stories aloud; receive certificates signed by LeVar Burton, host of the READING RAINBOW series; and receive prizes donated by the host bookstore.
Statewide, 887 students submitted entries from 87 Idaho communities to IdahoPTV regional stations — KUID/Moscow, KISU/Pocatello and KAID/Boise — for the 14th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators contest. In North Idaho, 345 students submitted stories and illustrations for judging.
First-place stories from each region of Idaho will be available by the end of May for viewing on the IdahoPTV Web site (idahoptv.org).
The annual competition is for students in kindergarten through third grade. Entries are judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and pictures.
READING RAINBOW, a television series that encourages children to read on their own, airs weekdays on IdahoPTV at 2:30/1:30 p.m. MT/PT. Idaho Public Television airs 11 hours of children’s programming each weekday and five and a half hours each Sunday morning — more than 60 hours each week.