Second graders Kylee Camacho and Aaron Rouse were two of 12 students in the region chosen as winners in WXXI’s PBS Kids Go! writers contest.
Over 300 K-3 students submitted their own storybooks in the WXXI contest that encourages students to celebrate the power of writing and illustrating.
This year’s winners created stories featuring tales of adventurous children, animals, princesses, mermaids and more.
Camacho, from Lincoln School, and Rouse, from Perkins, participate in an enrichment program for some second grade students at Perkins and Lincoln called “Written and Illustrated By . . . “ taught by District Enrichment and Arts-in-Education Coordinator Robyn Ross-Squirrell. The program, which she said augments what the children are learning in their second grade writing curriculum provides them with an authentic approach to promote higher levels of writing and communicating ideas through their written words.
Ross-Squirrell encouraged all of those students to participate in the WXXI contest. There were first, second and third place winners from each grade level.
Camacho’s story is about a brother and sister who find themselves in a scary situation, but with the use of their Ipod, they find a way out.
Rouse’s story is about a sad rainbow who loses her colors because children are too busy with their play stations and Wii’s to watch for and be amazed by rainbows.
Winners were chosen by a panel of judges from WXXI’s Advisory Board.
“I felt excited because I got second place,’’ said Camacho. “It felt really good that out of all the schools in Rochester, I came in second place. I read a lot of ‘Jack and Annie’ books so I used my experiences to help me write a story about me and my brother having an adventure.”
“I am very excited to come in third place out of all those other kids,’’ said Rouse. “It is an honor . . . I had a lot of fun meeting with Mrs. Ross and working on my story even though it took a lot of days to finish. I liked sharing my story with my class on the smart board because I thought it would get them outside and play more.”