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BASIS Independent McLean 3rd Grader Places Second in WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest
BASIS Independent McLean 3rd Grader Places Second in  WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest

BASIS Independent McLean, third-grader, James Fishman won 2nd place in the 2017 WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest out of almost 400 entries for his illustrated story, Cats and Kitties, which is posted on www.weta.org. For more information about the school, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

The WETA-TV Writer’s Contest was open to children in kindergarten through third grade who live in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Northern Virginia, with entries submitted by May 1, 2017.

A first, second and third place winner were announced at each grade level. First place winners will have their stories made into a hardcover book. Additionally, the area school that submitted the most entries received a free classroom library of books and a visit from a PBS Kids costume character.

 “We’re so proud of James, not only for his great writing ability, but for taking the initiation and interest in participating in the contest,” said Sean Aiken, head of school at BASIS Independent McLean of McLean, Va., a preschool-grade 12 private school, teaching the BASIS Curriculum. “At BASIS Independent McLean, one of our core teaching concepts is self-directed learning and James was a great example of that,” said Aiken.

WETA is one of 354 television stations that make up the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). WETA TV 26 reaches 1.3 million Washington area viewers in an average week who tune in for broadcasts of children’s programs, news and public affairs, history and culture, and science and nature programs. WETA's other channels include WETA HD, WETA UK, and the WETA Kids Channel. Go to www.weta.org.

BASIS was founded in 1998 by Dr. Michael and Olga Block, world-class economists and academics, who developed a formula for success for every child by offering a rigorous, globally competitive liberal arts and science curriculum taught by passionate subject-expert teachers and supported by a culture of excellence. What began as a single campus in Tucson, Ariz. has grown to become a unique, high-achieving, network of schools with four independent, private schools in Brooklyn, N.Y., Silicon Valley and Fremont in Calif., and now in McLean, Va., with an international school in Shenzhen, China, and 16 public charter schools across the United States. Today, BASIS.ed students have propelled their schools to become the top ranked in the nation. BASIS Independent McLean is located at 8000 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, Va. Visit them at http://mclean.basisindependent.com, Facebook, Twitter@BASISIndMcLean or YouTube channel, BASIS Independent Schools.

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