Smoky Hills Public Television is recognizing the work of a dozen children in central and western Kansas. More than 191 stories were submitted this year from schools and homes throughout the stations 52 counties.
Leona Breeden, SHPTVs Educational Services Coordinator, led the project. Entries were judged on originality, creative expression and the integration of story and illustrations.
Nancy Griffiths, Director of Educational Services states, The contest has been tremendously successful. It is such a great learning experience for children in kindergarten, first, second, and third grades to be able to write and illustrate a book and be recognized for their hard work. All entries are given a Certificate of Achievement signed by Levar Burton. First, second and third place winners receive trophies, books and prizes. Although prizes are offered, the real focus is on recognizing all creative effort. This kind of project connects SHPTV with parents, teachers and children all across our viewing area. SHPTV loves doing it and that is what the Contest is meant to be fun and a chance for children to be recognized for their creativity.
Local SHPTV winners are being recognized at surprise presentations at their schools. The winners will also be posted on the SHPTV website at www.shptv.org.
Stories were submitted from schools and homes in Beloit, Natoma, Paradise, Waldo, Great Bend, Liberal, St. John, Larned, Salina, Sharon Springs, Hill City, Grainfield, Sublette, Ellsworth, Scott City, Wilson, Burr Oak, Lyons, Holcomb, Kismet, Stockton, Grinnell, Hoxie, Satanta, Bogue, Wallace, Kanopolis, Hudson, and Gove.
The following is a list of winners:
Smoky Hills Public Television has expanded it viewing area through a new partnership with DirecTV and Dish Network to 70 counties in Kansas and Dundy County, NE, which includes the cities of Hutchinson and Wichita. Corporate headquarters for the station are located in Bunker Hill. For more information about Smoky Hills Public Television, call SHPTV at (800)337-4788 or (785)485-6990, or visit the station website at www.shptv.org.
Hannah & Steven
Cornwell represented Golden Belt Home Educators at the Jr. High (6th
through 9th grades) Science Olympiad on Tuesday, February 8th. They
competed in 3 of the 23 possible events and earned gold medals in Dynamic
Planet (about glaciers this year), and the silver in Can't Judge a Powder
(chemistry/scientific method). They also placed 4th in the Egg Drop
event (physics/building). Five teams competed in the Hays region this
year including GBHE, Phillipsburg, Rupenthal Jr. High (Russell), Skyline
(Pratt area), and Longfellow Jr. High (Hill City).