This year PeachStar and Georgia Public Broadcasting sponsored the Ninth Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a special event designed to challenge students from grades Kindergarten through three to use their creative abilities to write and illustrate their own stories. Take a look at this year's first place winners from each grade level, who will go on to represent Georgia in the national competition.
Kindergarten - Elizabeth Ann Gunter
Elizabeth, a six year old from Elberton, wrote a story entitled "Dr. Samantha Saves the Game." Her story, which features six original drawings, tells about Dr. Samantha, a mouse who happens to be a doctor, and the way she saves the football game by using her medical skills.
First Grade - Tyler Green
Tyler, a seven year old from Austell, wrote a story entitled "The Big Dog." His story, which features six original drawings, is a first-person account of his encounter with Ranger, a big dog that had gotten away from its owner, and how he came to be his regular bather.
Second Grade - Nazareth H. Hagood
Nazareth, a six year old from Stone Mountain, wrote a story entitled "The Red Tricycle." His story, which features six original drawings, tells of a mysterious red tricycle with extraordinary powers of locomotion.
Third Grade - Lydia Rutland Barnes
Lydia, a nine year old from Savannah, wrote a story entitled "Call-away Garden." Her story, which features seven original drawings, tells of a community of birds created by an industrious chickadee by the name of Mr. Dee, and their troubles with an intrusive hawk.