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Lisa Kroll reads to her daughter.

Lisa Kroll

Lisa Kroll, mother of two and part-time reading instructor, is passionate about the benefits of children's programming and its ability to help parents get their children off a good start.

"For our family, it's really important that there are no commercials. It's refreshing to be able to turn on public television and know that it's good quality TV for my children and I like the fact that we can support that," she says.

Kroll says the programs offered on public television, such as Between the Lions, give parents a tool to help their children prepare for school. "I think it's a great tool for a parent to use in addition to taking the time to read with [kids] every day. I think that's a wonderful benefit that WTIU offers."

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PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest

WTIU has announced the local winners of The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a national competition designed to promote the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The effort encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

The local winners include:

Kindergarten
1st Place: Alyssa Abernathy, Martinsville ("The Lost Pony")
2nd Place: Emily Bryant, Martinsville ("My Apple Tree")
3rd Place: Thatcher Anderson, Martinsville ("Three Little Angels Fly to Mars")

First Grade
1st Place: Kennedi Casey, Martinsville ("The Treasure")
2nd Place: Anya Thomas-Rigdon, Bloomington ("The Big Sis")
3rd Place: Morgaine Thomas-Rigdon, Bloomington ("The Seven Little Princess Mermaids")

Second Grade
1st Place: Joelle Jackson, Bloomington ("Once Upon A Hamster")
2nd Place: Breanna McCracken, North Vernon ("Dancing With Your Friends")
3rd Place: Jasmin Herzig, Bloomington ("The Apple, The Banana, and the Bear")

Third Grade
1st Place: Noah Henderson, Gosport ("The Giant Snowball")
2nd Place: Jaelyn Fennell, Terre Haute ("Lucy and the Lost Dog")
3rd Place: Sarah Park, Edinburgh ("The Big Surprise")

Children were encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to WTIU, which selected local winners and awarded prizes. First place local winners will be entered into the national contest. Winners of the national contest will be announced and prizes, including laptops, digital cameras and MP3 players will be awarded this summer.

News Flash Five

Screen shot of the News Flash 5 web siteNews Flash Five is an online current events web site for children aged 8 to 11. It features a weekly newscast presented online by five animated kids covering five beats: national news, world, sports, entertainment and technology, and weather and science.

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