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Write Rhode Island is a short fiction competition for RI students co-created by Goat Hill and School One, an independent high school in Providence. Young writers can submit one work of fiction, 2500 words or less with a Rhode Island theme.

Who can submit a story?
Any RI student in grades 7-12.

When is the deadline to submit?
Sunday, December 10th at midnight.

How do students submit to Write Rhode Island?
Follow the SUBMIT button and link on the WriteRI page on the School One website. Create an account on Submittable (for free!) and upload your short story. You can also visit School One.

And then what? 
Wait until the judges have read all the stories and selected the submissions for publication and awards. Announcements on February 1, 2018.

Competition Rules

1. Each entry must be an original and unpublished work.
2. Limit one entry per person.
3. Please limit entries to 2500 words or less.
4. Entries must be received by midnight on December 10, 2017.
5. All submissions must be the written work of Rhode Island residents or students currently enrolled in Rhode Island schools in grades 7 through 12 or equivalent for the 2017-2018 academic year.
6. Entries must be submitted electronically (see further instructions under How to Enter). All entries must be submitted through Submittable. Submittable is an online platform. There is no fee for entering. Students who do not have personal computers can visit any public library to use a library computer to enter.
7. All entrants will be emailed a list of the winners and an invitation to the awards ceremony.
8. Entries will not be critiqued.
9. Copyright of entries is retained by the writer, but the submitted copies of the entries shall become the property of Write Rhode Island. Write Rhode Island shall be granted rights, free of charge, to display, publish and otherwise use (in print and on the Internet) the submitted work as well as the first and last name and age/grade of each winner.
10. Entries should not contain any personally identifiable information. Do not include your name on the pages on your story.

Entries must be emailed or postmarked by November 15, 2016. Winners will be announced March 1, 2017 and the prize trip will take place during the April 2017 school vacation.

During the forthcoming academic year, high school sophomores have the chance to enter a unique essay competition sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. This writing contest, entitled Big Ideas for a Changing World, asks students to explore the question, “What is happening now in your community, or what could be happening, that has the power to change the future in Rhode Island and potentially the world?”

Rhode Island has been a place of many firsts – innovation runs deep in the Ocean State. It’s the first place in the modern world to incorporate the revolutionary principle of religious freedom in its governing documents. That idea and the related concept of separation of church and state went on to sweep the world. Today these principles are included in the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Just a little more than 100 years later, Rhode Islanders changed the world again – this time by starting the Industrial Revolution in America. What will come next?

What’s the prize? Tickets to the hit Broadway musical Hamilton: An American Musical, including a post-show dinner and transportation to/from New York City. Two student winners from each Rhode Island county will be selected. Teachers who sponsor this competition in their classes and have an award-winning student essay will be invited to join the trip.

The essay competition is open to Rhode Island tenth grade students who are enrolled at a public high school, or other tuition-free school, during the 2016-2017 academic year. For the complete submission guidelines, along with the judging criteria, visit Entries must be emailed or postmarked by November 15, 2016. Winners will be announced March 1, 2017 and the prize trip will take place during the April 2017 school vacation.

“As depicted in Hamilton, founding father Alexander Hamilton constantly wrote down his ideas, many of which were new, innovative and important. We encourage students to do the same,” explains the Newport Historical Society’s Executive Director Ruth Taylor. “A little further back in time, Rhode Island’s early settlers sought to change the world with their beliefs, and students can draw upon this inspiration as they explore their ideas in Big Ideas for a Changing World.”

About the Newport Historical Society
Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, to make these materials readily available for both research and enjoyment, and to act as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present. For more information please visit

Detail of a 1792 letter signed by Alexander Hamilton from the Newport Historical Society’s collection

Detail of a 1792 letter signed by Alexander Hamilton from the Newport Historical Society’s collection

Photo credit: Newport Historical Society

ri scavenger hunt cover 2016 onlySpring has sprung and the scrumptious Rhode Island growing season is underway! The Rhode Island Fruit Growers Association and the URI Extension Outreach Center are making the harvest that much sweeter with the 6th annual 2016 Farm Scavenger Hunt. Explore the beauty and bounty of farms across our diverse Ocean State landscape while solving picture clues along the way in exchange for prizes.

The Farm Scavenger Hunt began in 2011 with players setting out to sample the state’s apple orchards and has now grown to 32 participating farms including pick-your-own, nurseries, family-friendly vineyards, Wright’s Dairy Farm, and the ever-surprising The Fantastic Umbrella Factory. So get picking, sipping and tasting the best around the state: Ready, GO!

Here’s how to play:

  1. Pick up a free brochure/game board at a participating farm or download the brochure HERE.
  2. Explore! Visit a participating farm, locate the picture clue on the brochure, and the farmer will give you a sticker to place on your game board. The Farm Scavenger Hunt entries are eligible between May 1 and December 31, 2016. Be sure to confirm each farm’s operating hours before visiting.
  3. Send in your completed game board to the listed address. Visit at least 20 farms to win a prize pack of coupons to use at participating farms the following season – limited to the first 50 correct entries. The first 50 entries to visit all 32 farms win a larger prize pack of coupons and will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing of an overnight farmstay for a family of 4 in Tiverton. The 2015 winner is a 12-year-old girl from Wakefield.


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Rhode Island students in grades 4 – 12 are invited to enter the Letters About Literature National Contest sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Rhode Island center for the Book. State winners receive a cash prize of $100 and advance to the national level judging.  National Winners (one national winner at each level) receive $1,000 cash award, and one National Honor winner per level wins a $200 cash award.

The deadline is coming right up:

To enter Letters About Literature, young readers write a personal letter to a favorite author, describing the impact of the author’s book on his or her life or explaining how that book helped them see an aspect of the world—large or small—through new eyes. Encouraging reader response and reflective writing, LAL builds two key aspects of literacy, reading and writing, on a personal and very meaningful level.

Attached are the Guidelines and Entry Form for teachers and librarians or the form can downloaded  from the Rhode Island Center for the Book web site,  Letters About Literature supports national standards for teaching language arts & reading as recommended by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. A Teachers’ Guide with lesson plans, sample letters and links to the Common Core State Standards  is also posted on the RI Center for the Book’s website.   You may also access the same information at the Library of Congress web site.

For more information about the contest and RI’s involvement, please call or email Louise Moulton, (401-455-8134;  or Kate Lentz  at the RI Center for the Book (401-273-2250; ).

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A new component to the National Grid-SmartPower program, Rhode Island Energy Challenge Find Your Four!, challenges Rhode Island residents to create a video no longer than 60 seconds showing how they are becoming energy efficient in their daily lives in a fun and creative ways.

There are awesome prizes for Video Challenge contestants, schools and online voters. First place prize for a contestant is an iPad Air, the school with the most video entries wins $2,500 for sustainability!



The Challenge is open to any person living in the state of Rhode Island. Contestants must be 13 years of age or older at time of submission. High school and college students are strongly encouraged to participate to help their school win a prize for their sustainability program.


Video can be uploaded from by November 21, 2014.
The public can vote from November 22, 2014 to December 7, 2014 for their favorite entry.

The Rhode Island Energy Challenge is a community energy efficiency campaign that asks each of us to take four actions in our homes to reduce our energy use. Since 2013 over 4000 Rhode Island residents have pledged to be more energy efficient at

Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to write and illustrate a story and submit that story to the Rhode Island PBS Kids Healthy Living Writers Contest presented by Corner Bakery Cafe.

2009 PBS Kids LogoThe local Rhode Island PBS contest started January 27 and continues through March 21, 2014. Entries will be judged and winners chosen from in each grade, so there will be four first place winners. Winners and participants will be honored during an awards celebration in April. Local winners will be entered into the national contest, which is judged in May and June.

The theme for our 2014 contest is "Healthy Living" - a huge idea wide open to creative storytelling about any number of topics: food, cooking and nutritious eating; planting, gardening and farming; sports and physical activity including adventures in nature; healthy and safe choices and habits. These are just a few general ideas - but fine if your child comes up with several more before choosing just the right story to tell.

To make participating and entering the contest more fun, Rhode Island PBS is collaborating with the YMCA of Greater Providence, libraries, after-school programs, schools, and other organizations where children gather. Ask your local librarian or organization leader if they would like to coordinate a small group of students to work on stories for submission.

All children in grades Kindergarten through Grade 3 are welcome to enter!

The place to go for information and to upload your child's entry is There, you will find general rules, fun and creative brainstorming and writing resources you can download and print out, and an official entry form. Plus, if a little inspiration is needed, last year's national winning entries are available at

Rhode Island students in grades 4 — 12 are invited to take the Letters About Open_Book.4660101_sq_thumb_sLiterature challenge by writing a personal letter to an admired author - someone who has written a book that has been an inspiration for change in their lives. The deadline is December 10, 2013 for grades 9-12 and January 10, 2014 for grades 4-8.

Rhode Island students have met with great success in this contest over the past eight years, with three National Winners and three National Honorable Mentions since 2003.  This year brings another opportunity for teachers, parents and librarians statewide to help their students gain state and national recognition for their writing.

By encouraging personal reader response and reflective writing, Letters About Literature supports meaningful reading and helps to create and celebrate successful writers. Teachers and librarians can download the directions for entering and the guidelines from the website:  Teaching materials including lessons plans, writing samples, and assessment checklists are also available at this site.  Letters About Literature supports national standards for teaching language arts & reading as recommended by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. Teachers can also successfully adapt Letters About Literature's contest theme and writing requirements to meet Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for composing argument texts.

treasure_chest.24151915_sq_thumb_sLetters About Literature awards prizes on both the state and national levels. Each state center has a panel of judges who select the top essayists in the state. State Winners at each level of competition (Level 1 ~ Grades 4 — 6; Level 2 ~ Grades 7 -8; Level 3 ~ Grades 9 -12) will receive a $50 cash award, and additional prizes, and advance to the National Level Judging.

A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select three (3) National Winners and 3 Second Place Winners at each Level of Competition. The National Winners will receive a $1,000 cash award; Second Place Winners will receive $150 cash award.

Letters About Literature — 2014 is a project of the Rhode Island Center for the Book at RI Council for the Humanities.  Through a variety of programs and events, the Center promotes a passion for books among readers of all ages and backgrounds across Rhode Island. The Library of Congress Center for the Book was established in 1977 as a public-private partnership to use the resources of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading.   For information about its activities and national reading promotion networks, visit

This month, Whole Kids Foundationâ„¢ is fundraising with the goal of raising $3 million to provide schools nationwide with salad bars, gardens and nutrition education classes for teachers.

RI Grants WKF“With one-third of the nation’s children overweight or obese, and 31.6 million children relying on lunch served through the national school lunch program each year[1], the opportunity to improve childhood nutrition in schools is real and immediate,” said Nona Evans, executive director of Whole Kids Foundation. “By bringing more fresh fruits and vegetables to school cafeterias and supporting learning environments that connect kids to how food is grown, we can help shape healthier eating habits for our children.”

From kindergarten through high school, the average child will eat 2,300 lunches [2].  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that children eat three times more fruits and vegetables when they have regular access to salad bars at school.

Whole Foods Market invites shoppers to help by:

Find your inner salad artist

To bring further awareness to the initiative and make healthy eating fun, Whole Kids Foundation is launching a National Salad Bowl Design Contest in partnership with MySocialCanvas which shoppers, teachers and students create and submit their own unique salad bowl designs. The contest will run through Nov. 31, and the winning designer will receive free salad for a year from Whole Foods Market. For more information and to enter, visit

Apply for a grant today

Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program, created in partnership with FoodCorps, is accepting applications now through Oct. 31. All schools and garden-related nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply this fall for grants to support the implementation or expansion of on-campus teaching gardens.  In partnership with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, applications for the foundation’s Salad Bar Grant Program are accepted on an ongoing basis at In addition to the freestanding mobile salad bar, each grant recipient receives access to, a free comprehensive online portal that helps lunchrooms transition from frozen and boxed foods to fresh, whole, scratch-cooked foods.

Since its inception in 2011, Whole Kids Foundation has funded 2,600 salad bars and 1,600 school gardens, giving more than 2.2 million children access to healthier food.

[1] United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, “National Assistance Programs
Key Data Release (August 2010 Release).”
[2] Center for Ecoliteracy, “Rethinking School Lunch,” Second Edition.

New online poetry journal raises money for RI Food Bank and Share Our Strength

9798291Word Soup, a new online poetry journal founded by Rhode Island poet Kim Baker, is accepting submissions now through August 1 for its premier issue, due out in September 2013. Poets may send three to five poems per submission. A reading fee of $6/submission will be donated entirely to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Share Our Strength, a national organization focused on childhood hunger.

Word Soup wants to end hunger one poem at a time,” says Baker. “To that glorious end, we are seeking well-crafted poems on the theme of hunger. Imagine "hunger" in all its possible meanings, from physical food deprivation to hunger for love, acceptance, actualization.”

To submit poetry, click here to register and  to pay the $6 reading fee, and then email your poems to

For more information on Word Soup, visit For information on the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, visit

About The Rhode Island Community Food Bank

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is a non-profit organization located in Providence, RI. The Food Bank solicits, stores and distributes food products donated by supermarkets, wholesalers, food processors, local farmers and community food drives. The food is then distributed to the Food Bank’s statewide network of 178 member agency programs at 238 sites. In the past fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 9.75 million pounds of food. For more information about the Food Bank, please visit

 Kidoinfo is giving away one ticket to two winners to see the Red Sox v Astros on April 28! (Details below.)

Just announced! Buy 1 (ticket package) get 1 free! Buy one package at $109 you will get 2 for the price of one. All packages include bus service across the street from Fenway, Grandstand Ticket, snacks on the bus, plus pizza after the game. To reserve your space on the bus, call at 877-641-9122 or email

Take a family road trip (by way of a fun bus) to see the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday, April 28th with Just Enjoy! travel group.

614941_272906992815762_1302143780_oWatching a game at Fenway Park is pure magic–the open field, the crack of the bat, and the cheering crowd when the Red Sox score a run! Make memories with your kids that will last a lifetime when you watch the Red Sox take on the venerable Astros in an early-season matchup. Just Enjoy! believes that a day at the ballpark should be fun, hassle-free, and AFFORDABLE so they have put together an awesome bus package designed with family fun in mind.

334943_272904789482649_1751693357_oJust Enjoy! has thought of everything one needs for a perfect game day excursion, including Grandstand ticket (upgrades available), round-trip coach bus service (convenient pick-up RI locations), snacks and entertainment for the ride, and pizza after the game–major league excitement!

621899_272906002815861_192591180_oThe Details
Red Sox v Astros Fenway Park Family Package
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Game starts at 1:35pm
Bus pickup: Various Park & Ride locations around Rhode Island
Tickets: $109 per adult and $79 for children (age 10 and under).
Just Enjoy's fantastic family discount: Buy 3 tickets, get half off the 4th!

Want to win a ticket? Submit your name in the comments below with the name of your favorite sports snack!
We will randomly select 2 winners. Each winner will receive one ticket (includes: Grandstand ticket, round-trip coach bus service, snacks and entertainment for the ride, and pizza after the game).
Deadline to enter to win: Noon EST, Monday April 22, 2013
Winners will be notified by 11pm EST, Monday April 22, 2013 is published by Gale Force Communications

Mailing address:
57 Rolfe Square, PO Box 10094
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920


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