For Immediate Release
Bergstein, Scribblitt Josef
AND DAWNSIGNPRESS BRING HEARING
AND DEAF CHILDREN TOGETHER IN CELEBRATION
OF INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DEAF
Charlotte, VT and San
Diego, CA - September 19, 2016 --
and DawnSignPress are joining together to offer a writing contest for
school-aged children nationwide in support of International Week of the Deaf. Kids
create a short story with a modern-day fairytale theme. The grand prize contest
winner will have his/her story published in hardcover by Scribblitt, translated
into American Sign Language (ASL) by Deaf kids and filmed in ASL. Ten other
winners will have their stories published in hardcover by Scribblitt and
receive a “Once Upon a Sign” video from DawnSignPress.
The idea for
this contest came from a common goal of providing tools that help kids improve
their communication skills.
“I hope the
collaborative contest with Scribblitt will help improve awareness of American
Sign Language and bring hearing and Deaf children together just as our award-winning
children’s video series ‘Once Upon a Sign’ has,” says Joe Dannis, President of
DawnSignPress. The company is offering a free viewing of “Jack and the
Beanstalk” from the “Once Upon a Sign” series in connection with International
Week of the Deaf. To watch “Jack and the Beanstalk” between 9/19/16 and
9/25/16, go to VIMEO and use the password, IWD2016.
access this video and some unique writing and illustration tools on Scribblitt.com to engage their students in a writing
assignment or to enter this writing contest.
thrilled to help spark creativity in all young authors, Deaf and hearing, in
school or out, to write and publish their own books,” says Scribblitt founder,
Andrea Bergstein. “We hope that teachers will use this opportunity to tie
together lessons in writing and editing with building awareness for American
Sign Language and Deaf culture.”
launches via Scribblitt.com on September 19 in honor of International
Week of the Deaf and continues through December 15.. Winners will be
announced on or around January 16, 2017. To enter simply register for a free
account at Scribblitt.com, login, write a story in “Write itt” and enter the
story on the Scribblitt contest page.
For contest rules, click here
Scribblitt provides kids
an online space and tools to help them write, illustrate and publish their own
professionally printed hardcover books. For every book published, Scribblitt
donates a book to a child in need.
publishes American Sign Language educational materials and looks to increase
awareness of ASL and Deaf culture by bringing hearing and Deaf together to