PBS Writing Contest for Grades 1-3

Ms. Kealey completed her semester student teaching experience in the fall of 2013 and returned as a volunteer as part of a special internship program in the spring of 2014.
Ms. Kealey completed her semester student teaching experience in the fall of 2013 and returned as a volunteer as part of a special internship program in the spring of 2014.

This semester Saint Benedict Academy welcomed back student-teacher Chloe Kealey in a competitive teacher internship program. Ms. Kealey spends two days a week on campus in the second and sixth grade classrooms observing her cooperating teachers and immersing herself into the planning, execution, and evaluation of lessons for our students.

As a capstone to her internship experience, Ms. Kealey collaborated with the Student Council and the faculty to organize Saint Benedict Academy’s participation in the annual PBS Kids Writers Contest. The program is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. Students in grades one through three celebrate their creativity while building literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.

photo (3)The Student Council announced the contest to the younger students on Monday, March 17 by dressing up as different characters from PBS Kids programs such as the Cat in the Hat, the Man in the Yellow Hat, Super Why!, Abby Cadabby, and Martin from Wild Kratts. The Council explained that every student who submits a story will be entered into a grade-level contest. The winner from each grade will have the opportunity to be the author of the day and travel to the different classes to sit in the authors’ chair and read their story. The Student Council will also send off all of the stories to PBS for entry into the regional and potentially national levels of the competition.

Links to the rules of the PBS contest can be accessed here as well as examples from previous years’ contests. Click here to read Ms. Kealey’s letter to parents explaining the contest.

The deadline for submission is Friday, March 21. Students have already been busy thinking creatively, writing, and illustrating. We can’t wait to see the results!