Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Reading Rainbow contest

Calling all young artists and writers! Reading Rainbow is inviting youngsters to participate in its Tenth Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest.

Children from kindergarten to third grade are encouraged to write and illustrate their own stories and enter them in Reading Rainbow's Young Writers & Illustrators Contest, which is conducted in cooperation with local PBS stations across the country. Applications are now available at Alaska One television stations; KTOO in Juneau, KUAC in Fairbanks, KYUK in Bethel and on the KTOO Website at Deadline for entries is March 22, 2004.

Entries are judged locally and every child who enters the contest receives a special Certificate of Achievement signed by Reading Rainbow's host, LeVar Burton. Local first-place winners advance to the national competition. All national grand prize, second- and third-place winners (12 in all) will have their stories featured on, one of the most-used national Web sites for children. They also will receive a Reading Rainbow library set of 10 DVDs and matching feature books.

In 2003, Reading Rainbow's Young Writers & Illustrators Contest attracted more than 43,000 entries, with national recognition and prizes going to children from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana, Vermont, New Hampshire and California. See these stories at

Now in its 20th season, Reading Rainbow has received enthusiastic international acclaim, garnering more than 150 awards, including 20 Emmys (eight for "Outstanding Children's Series"), a prestigious Peabody and many others over the years.

For additional information about Reading Rainbow's Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, contact your Alaska One station or call 907-586-1670 or visit The Contest is a special project of GPN and WNED.

Adding caregiver access

Tribal Family and Youth Services at Tlingit-Haida Central Council received a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration on Aging for the Native Elderly Caregiver Support Initiative to increase the level of access to caregiver support services for Native Elders within Central Council's service area. A free caregiver training workshop will be held on Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ANB Hall in Juneau. For more information call (907) 463-7168 or 1-800-344-1432, ext. 7168.

Agricultural scholarships

The Alaska Farm Bureau will award two $1,500 scholarships to students who are entering an agriculture or natural resources field. It is open to high school seniors and students enrolled in college. The scholarships honor the memory of Marsha Melton, a former secretary for the Alaska Farm Bureau and a leader in the agriculture community in the state.

The deadline for applications to be received is March 5. Applications can be obtained from Jackie DeJong, 3751 E. Cottonwood Way, Wasilla, AK 99654, or by e-mailing, or from Jane Hamilton, PO Box 760 Delta Junction, AK 99737, or e-mailing

Teacher certification

Sheldon Jackson College will hold a seminar for teachers who are certified in another state and have moved to Alaska to teach. This seminar, Serving in Alaska's Villages, fulfills the three-credit Alaska Studies requirement that all teachers must take for Alaska certification.

Serving in Alaska's Village is designed to provide a solid introduction to life and issues in rural Alaska. Emphasis is placed on Alaska Native cultures. Course presenters include Dr. Dorothy Shepard, assistant professor of human services; Marilyn Durocher, chairwoman of the Sheldon Jackson College teacher education program; and other professional instructors.

The cost of the program is $1,500. This year Sheldon Jackson College is the recipient of a grant from U.S. Department of Education to increase continuing educational opportunities for certified teachers. This grant has allowed this course to be offered at a reduced fee of $300 if participants register before April 30. Registration at a later date will increase the fee to $400. You may register online for the course at

For more information or a paper registration form, please contact Dorothy Shepard at (907) 747-5225 or

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