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Tick Tock! Deadline Is Right Around The Corner
The countdown to the deadline for our PBSKids Writers Contest is on! There are just 14 days left until students must submit their original, illustrated stories to WVPB for the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

When they enter the contest, aspiring authors will compete with kids in their grade level from across West Virginia to win prizes. The contest is open to all students in the state in grades K-5, including those in public and private schools as well as those who are home schooled.

You'll blink and March 31 will be here here, so get your students/kids familiar with all the rules, requirements and checklist here.

Also check out last year’s Reader’s Choice Winner, "The Funny Things In This Book" by Charles Shelton III of Kanawha County.
One lucky winner will have his or her story animated by one of our talented producers at WVPB and showcased at The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, West Virginia, on May 1.

Rx Drug Safety | Spot on Science      
Grades 3-8Video • Health
• Careers in Medicine

In this episode of the Spot on Science series, a doctor shares how to spot the difference between candy and medicine and the dangers of taking medicine that is not prescribed for you. Students practice analyzing information and making good decisions, and they learn what it’s like to be a pharmacist. LEARN MORE.

Tune In For An Elinor Wonders Why Mini-Marathon!
"That is so interesting!" Elinor Wonders Why is a new series that aims to encourage children to follow their curiosity, ask questions when they don’t understand, and find answers using science inquiry skills. The main character Elinor, the most observant and curious bunny rabbit in Animal Town, will introduce kids ages three to five to science, nature and community through adventures with her friends. LEARN MORE!

Make Pinkalicious Lemonade
Cooking with your child is a great way to practice reading and math skills as your child follows the recipe directions and measures ingredients. Cooking also helps with the development of fine motor skills through stirring, mixing, rolling and cutting.
Help your child practice measuring and mixing as you follow this fruity recipe for a perfectly sweet and Pinkalicious drink! LEARN MORE!
For Students, It's Been A Year Like No Other
Nearly one year ago, the pandemic caused a cascade of school and university closures, sending 9 out of 10 students home as the coronavirus raced through the United States and the rest of the world.

By Labor Day, 62 percent of U.S. students were still learning virtually, according to the organization Burbio. That number dropped significantly during the fall and rose in the winter as COVID-19 surged. As of Thursday, just under one in four public school students attends a district that still hasn't held a single day of in-person learning.

Colleges have seen widespread disruption, too. In the fall, only about 20% of four-year colleges offered any classes in person while that number has come up a bit for the spring semester, most college students — even if they live on campus — are taking classes virtually.

It may take years to understand what has been lost this year, and if history is any guide, it may take years to recover. There are mounting concerns about lost learning, social and emotional scars, and declining enrollment.

In our reporting over the past year, we've talked with hundreds of students and professors and parents and teachers about the massive disruption to their learning, their careers and their lives. Last week, we checked back in with three of them — a teacher, a student and a parent — to find out what they are thinking and what they need now. Here are their stories. LEARN MORE.

Warrior Women | Native American Women In The Military   
Grades 6-12 • Social Studies • U.S. History
Explore the history and legacy of Native American women in the U.S. military, and learn about Lori Piestewa, an Army soldier during the Iraq War who became the first Native American woman to die in combat. Lori, right, is shown here with West Virginia soldier Jessica Lynch, far left.  LEARN MORE. 
Join "Mr. Josh" for a super fun mix of active stretching and high intensity workouts for our West Virginia students! Wellness Wednesdays airs on WVPB-TV Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. right after WVDE's Education Station! CHECK IT OUT!
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