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KCOS announces PBS Kids Writing Contest 2016
KCOS El Paso

February, 2016

KCOS announces its annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning.  The Contest, made possible in part by local financial support from El Paso Electric, Superior Health Plan, and Peter Piper Pizza, empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories. 


“KCOS is committed to helping El Paso & Las Cruces area children build valuable literacy skills through fun, hands-on opportunities to express their creativity and explore their imagination, said Emily Loya,  General Manager,  KCOS. “Through providing opportunities for kids in our border region to learn and explore through creative writing, KCOS is making a commitment to its children and their long term success, in school and in life.”


How the Contest Works

Children in the El Paso/Las Cruces area can submit their entries to the KCOS PBS KIDS Writers Contest. KCOS along with the El Paso Public Library will select local winners and award prizes including free books, gift certificates to local kid-friendly businesses, and PBS Kids prizes in May 2016. Additionally, local winners will be featured on and on


Creative Writing Resources

The Contest is supported by a robust set of resources for children, parents and teachers which can be found at Story ideas, activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries are available on the Contest website to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia also offerings a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide.


To enter the Contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit  


About KCOS

KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station, provides inspiring, educational, and informative non-commercial programming to the El Paso region.  As a community owned and operated nonprofit organization it is funded and maintained by the generous support of its members, donors, corporate supporters, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. More info at or 915-590-1313.



PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.



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