KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station, is proud to announce the local winners of the 2018 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The winners in grades K-5 will be recognized at a special celebration on May 18th and receive books and prizes from sponsors and other local businesses. Their stories will also be digitized and featured on www.kcostv.org.

More than 115 creative entries were received from local children. All stories were read and judged by faculty and students from the UTEP Department of Teacher Education. Four (4) winners were chosen for first place, second place, third place and fourth place for each grade:

“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.

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-5 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

This year’s contest was made possible through the generous support of El Paso Electric, Superior Health Plan, El Paso Kids Inc., and First National 1870.