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Students Have Chance to Win New Electronic Readers

May 11, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Time is running out for public school students to enter a video contest for the chance to win a free electronic reader.

The state Department of Education wants to know, “What are you reading, West Virginia?” Students can win a Kindle electronic reader for telling us why they love to read. Participants are asked to create a 3-minute video about reading. The videos could feature characters from their favorite book, interviews with friends, or just share their own reading experiences. Entries will be accepted until May 27.

The videos will be placed on YouTube. Three first place winners, one each from elementary, middle school and high school, will be chosen to receive a Kindle. The high school division includes ninth through 12th grades; middle school, fifth through eighth grades; and elementary school, first through fourth grades.

The idea of the video contest is to reach as many West Virginia children as possible to help them understand the importance of reading" said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “The ability to read and comprehend is essential to success in all subject areas.”

The video contest is part of the Department of Education’s one-year Read WV project to promote literacy and encourage children and adults to read daily. The department is partnering with Read Aloud, public libraries and other literacy organizations to help young people read more and read well. A resource page on the project is posted at http://wvde.state.wv.us/readwv.

Reading well is one of the most important skills a child needs to learn,” Marple said. “When children become good readers in the early grades, they are more likely to perform well in other subjects and all through their school days.”

Creators of the winning videos will receive their Kindle at a meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education in Charleston.

Videos will be judge based on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and overall quality. Entries must include a parental permission form for those under age of 18. Students interested in entering the contest can download an application and other forms as well as rules at http://wvde.state.wv.us/readwv/contest/.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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