Love Elementary School fourth grader Shelby Swindell was recently surprised to discover that her drawing won the WJTN’s Young Reader’s Radio Quiz T-shirt Design Contest. Dennis Webster, host of the Young Reader’s Radio Quiz, presented Shelby with a t-shirt with her winning design in front of her class. Shelby’s design was one of 235 entries in the contest. She drew the design during Rosalyn Sisley-Kazelunas’ reading class.
“I knew that I wanted them to participate in this project to encourage reading but only gave them 10 minutes to draw with a piece of paper and a pencil,” said Mrs. Sisley-Kazelunas. “I wanted this to be their work and their work only. No talking, no sharing just good old fashioned ideas. Shelby created two drawings. The design that was chosen depicted her idea that a person could grow with reading just as a tree can grow. All of the students drawings were wonderful and they were so excited to have a visit from Mr. Webster.”
The Young Reader’s Radio Quiz is joint project of WJTN radio and the James Prendergast Library in Jamestown. The daily contest is open to young readers in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Each day, Mr. Webster asks a question about a children’s book. The first young reader to call in and correctly answer the question is that day’s winner. The phone number to call when the question is asked on the radio is 483-8255. There is one winner per day. The Young Reader’s Radio Quiz usually airs at 7:20 a.m. every school day.
“The main reason we do the morning quiz and, also held this contest, is to continue to stress the importance of reading,” said Mr. Webster. “There are so many other distractions and activities that kids could be doing, we want to make sure that we stress the importance of reading to their future success. We were thrilled with the response to the contest. It was incredibly tough to pick just one winner. All of the entries are showcased at the James Prendergast Library.”