A Sandpoint youngster is among the talented young storytellers from north Idaho have been awarded seed money by IDeal—Idaho College Savings Program for their educational aspirations this week.
On Saturday, Idaho Public Television named the winners and awarded these local students with prizes including a $100 contribution to their IDeal—Idaho 529 College Savings Program accounts. The winning students were selected from nearly 600 entries across the state, and are among thirty-five total winners in three Idaho regions.
Local winners include Emma Hazard, Sandpoint, kindergarten; Noelle Hughes, Spokane, kindergarten; Amelia Lloyd, Winchester, kindergarten; Amiah Van Hill, Hayden, first grade; Raegan Mosman, of Nezperce, first grade; Gage Tiegs, of Nezperce, first grade; Eian Schwecke, of Juliaetta, second grade; Kairys Grant, of Nezperce, third grade; Morgan Kirkland, of Nezperce, third grade; and Camas Arnzen, of Kamiah, third grade.
In its 23rd year, the PBS Young Writers Contest empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories. This year’s contest winners will each receive a $100 contribution to their IDeal accounts.
“Storytelling is at the heart of what we do here at PBS, and Idaho Public Television is proud to be part of helping encourage students to tap into their own creativity,” stated Cindy Lunte, Idaho Public Television education specialist.
This year’s PBS KIDS Writers Contest is sponsored in part by IDeal—Idaho’s 529 College Savings Program. IDeal is a state-sponsored, not-for-profit savings and investment program designed to help families plan and save for college in a tax-advantaged way.
“IDeal is proud to be part of helping young Idahoans identify their talents and to foster excitement for learning. We hope that their excitement about education, and their college savings accounts, will keep growing for years to come,” noted Christine Stoll, IDeal executive director.