SDPTV presents Dakota KidStories

SDPTV presents Dakota KidStories Tune in as South Dakota's best young storytellers, from kindergarten through third grade, show off their prize-winning tales.

Dakota KidStories � featuring South Dakota winners in the 2002 Young Writers and

Illustrators Contest � will air throughout the year as segments in children's programming and primetime on South Dakota Public Television beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The award-winning stories are also found on

The contest winners are:


First Place: You Want Me To Eat What? by Susanna Brown of Garretson.

Second Place: I Like Spanish by Gretchen Petree of Salem.

Third Place: A Day on the Ranch by Ridge Ryan Sandal of Quinn.

First Grade

First Place: The Magical Mayflower by Mary Agnes Scholten of Sioux Falls.

Second Place: Jake the Juggling Snake by Jay Cooper of Rapid City.

Third Place: Shanna's New Horse by Shanna Moreland of Red Owl.

Second Grade

First Place: Aggie and Buster's Mystery by Erica Ramstad of Crooks.

Second Place: Our Truck by Taylon Jensen of Union Center.

Third Place: Ana Changes Schools by Anna Jahraus of Aberdeen.

Third Grade

First Place: My New Shoes by Naomi Brown of Garretson.

Second Place: When My Grandma Was Little by Abby Sherman of Sioux Falls.

Third Place: Rock Hunting by Susie Fleischhacker of Sioux Falls.

The contest is sponsored nationally by the popular PBS children's program Reading Rainbow. The top South Dakota winner in each grade was entered in the national contest and every student who entered received a certificate signed by Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton. Reading Rainbow, an award-winning children's program stressing the importance of reading, airs weekdays on SDPTV at 2:30 p.m.

The Young Writers and Illustrators Competition required entrants to write an original short story and draw illustrations for the story. The stories are judged by a panel of South Dakotans from various walks of life. Nationally, more than 30,000 children participate each year.

In South Dakota the winners earned prizes donated by various retailers across the state. Prize donors include Prince and Pauper Village of Rapid City, Target Stores, Sioux Falls and Rapid City, Borders Books in Rapid City, Barnes & Noble in Sioux Falls, and On Cue stores statewide.

The contest and Dakota KidStories television spots are supported in South Dakota by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, the L.B. Lane Foundation and the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

For details, call SDPB Education and Outreach at 1-800-456-0766 or e-mail

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