As this program guide goes to print, we’re preparing to host our annual OPT PBS KIDS Writers Contest Banquet. We’ll be celebrating the winning illustrated stories selected from dozens of entries from local young authors in kindergarten through third grade. This event is one of the most smile-inducing evenings of the entire year. Families and station staff gather to celebrate the achievements of the winning authors, and to fan the flame in each of these young writers that we hope will develop into a lifelong love of reading, writing, and learning.
This year our authors are coming from Stockton, Branson, Mountain Grove, Fort Scott, KS…and many places in between. What a wonderful snapshot of the OPT community, made up of viewers from all across the Ozarks. We’re separated by distance, but deeply connected by the power of public television and the exploration, entertainment, and education it offers. And though you may not know any of our winning young authors this year, you’re connected; your support helps make this contest – and all the stories and smiles that come with it – possible.
As the summer wraps up and students prepare to return to the classroom, I want to thank you. Your support helped ensure that the light of learning never went dark for children across the Ozarks this summer. Continued access to educational concepts and materials over the summer is key in helping students return to school ready to succeed. Thank you for keeping the lights burning in the Ozarks’ largest classroom all year long.