Each spring KCOS hosts the PBS Kids Writers contest to promote the advancement of children's literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grades and encourages them to celebrate their creativity while building literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.

In 2017, more than 330 creative entries were received from local children and four (4) winners were chosen for first place, second place, third place and fourth place:

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All winners received books and other prizes are recognized at celebration in May. Their stories will also be digitized on our website.


Polk Elementary School Kindergarten and 1st grade also won the classroom entry contest and received a special visit by Clifford the Big Red Dog.


All students received a certificate of participation and PBS Kids stickers.


“Every year KCOS is a proud participant in the PBS KIDS annual Writers Contest because it underscores our commitment to the success of children in our community,” said Emily Martin Loya, General Manager for KCOS. The process of creative writing has been proven to not only support the building of key academic skills but to help improve a child’s self-confidence, creativity and imagination. KCOS is excited to announce and recognize this year’s winners and celebrates all of the talented El Paso students who entered this year’s KCOS contest.


This year’s contest was made possible through the generous support of El Paso Electric, Union Pacific Foundation, Hunt Family Foundation, El Paso Kids Inc., and Peter Piper Pizza.


Check back in January 2018 for the launch of our 2018 contest.

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