Mummy Love: BV student wins second place in PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Berryville second grader Kyle Elkins won second place in the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest, and his teacher, Jennifer McCullough, won a special prize package of five PBS KIDS Playtime Pads for her classroom.
Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News

By Kelby Newcomb

Berryville second-grader Kyle Elkins has a way with words according to judges for the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

Elkins won second place in the second grade category for his story “Mummy Love.”

According to, the contest is the largest annual writing competition of its kind for children in kindergarten through third grade. In addition to providing an outlet for Arkansas children to explore their imagination and express their creativity, the site says, the AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest helps families and teachers use creative writing as a literacy building skill.

The site says grade levels were judged separately by a panel of qualified professionals based on originality, creative expression, storytelling technique, illustrations and overall impression. Winners receive an AETN prize pack and the top three winners in each grade level will also receive a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad, which comes preloaded with music, games and videos.

Elkins said he was excited to win second place in the contest.

“I was pretty amazed!” he said.

He said his story was about a boy mummy going to the store looking for a motorcycle.

“He finds one and he saw a girl mummy,” Elkins said, “and then a few months later they got married.”

He said his favorite part was doing the illustrations.

“I like how I drew my motorcycle,” Elkins said. “I had flames coming out of the back.”

Second grade teacher Jennifer McCullough said it was incredible to have one of her students win the contest.

“I was really proud of him,” she said. “His mom texted me and told me because they called her first. I just told her how proud I was of Kyle and how much work he had done on it. It was just awesome to have a kid that you taught win something so big like that.”

McCullough also won five PBS KIDS Playtime Pads for her classroom through the contest. Each year, the site says, two educators who send in student entries have the opportunity to win special prize packages.

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