July 30, 1999

KPBS Kicks Off the 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Writing Competition With `Hands Across the Border!' Theme

San Diego, located along the U.S.-Mexico border, is a diverse and exciting place to live. Growing up in San Diego, a child has many different experiences as a result of the proximity to our neighbors to the south. To showcase the richness of region's culture, KPBS presents "Hands Across the Border!" —the theme of this year's 15th annual Reading Rainbow writing competition.

"Hands Across the Border!" is an opportunity for kids to write about their experiences with the Mexican culture. The competition kicks off this month and the deadline for entries is October 30, 1999. All children in grades one through eight, residing in San Diego and Imperial Counties, are invited to participate.

Entrants may write and illustrate a story, poem or essay about their experiences involving people, friends, food or a visit to Mexico. They may write about what it has meant for them and their community, living so close to another country.

Winners of the competition will be invited to a reception held in their honor at KPBS early next year, and will receive U.S. Savings Bonds, courtesy of Mission Federal Credit Union as well as gift certificates from Barnes & Noble, Bookstars and KPBS Store of Knowledge.

Entry forms are available at all Mission Federal Credit Unions, area Barnes & Noble, Bookstars, KPBS Store of Knowledge, public libraries throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties, or by calling KPBS at (619) 594-2565.

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