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Arizona Classroom takes top honors in Mrs. P 10th Annual Be-a-Famous Writer Contest

Mrs. P Announces 10th Annual Be-a-Famous Writer Contest Winner! AZ classroom takes top honors!

January 6, 2019 Cheri Thompson’s third grade class at Legend Springs Elementary in Glendale, AZ collaborated on the grand prize winning story, "The Breakfast Planet.” This story was very funny, creative, surreal and original. This story will be made into a video story by Mrs. P so everyone can see it on Mrs. P’s story time YouTube channel.

Mrs. MacInnes, 4th grade at Pond Cove Elementary in Cape Elizabeth, Maine took 2nd place with their collaborative story “A True Hero”. Mrs. P also decided to make this story into a video as well because of the enduring and important message that everyday acts of kindness can make you a hero.

Anne Straume’s, 3rd grade at Meriwether Lewis Elementary in Charlottesville, VA took 3rd place with the story “The Brain”. Sonya Smith’s 4th grade from the Collegiate School in Henrico, VA received 4th place with their story "The Amazing Misadventures of Super Clyde”, and Shannon Berghoff’s 4th grade at South Elementary in Jackson, MO rounded out the top 5 winners with a collaborative project, “The Adventures of Jake the Shapeshifter and Arrowhead Girl”.

The theme for the contest this year was the word heroes. It brought a lot of very creative entries from K-4 schools across the country. In fact this year 40% of the entries were illustrated. TX, MO and VA brought the most entries from their states. 10 states are being honored in this years contest.

The grand prize was chosen by a panel of celebrity judges that included Mia Wenjen, creator of the Pragmatic Mom blog and author; Colby Sharp, teacher and author co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club; and Mrs. P (T.V. Actress Kathy Kinney).

The winning story will be professionally illustrated by Robin Robinson and read by Mrs. P on her storytime YouTube Channel. It will premiere in early March so everyone can enjoy it.

The winning classroom will be filled with actual books, audio books and digital books thanks to the sponsors of the contest: Mackin Educational Resources will provide a $500 gift certificate and audiobook company Tales2GO will provide a classroom valued at $250. Buncee will provide a plus subscription.

The annual Be-a-Famous Writer contest is an opportunity for K-4 classrooms to spark their imaginations. The contest is for classrooms only and is FREE to enter. One story per classroom is permitted and it can be a collaborative story, or teachers can have the class vote on which child's story to enter, but either way it's the whole classroom that wins. Every year a new theme is selected for the contest. Stories submitted are no less than 250 words and are not to exceed 1,000.  Some of the things considered in the winning selections are: Originality, creativity, compelling narrative, humor, sense of adventure and the development of a theme or point of view.

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About Mrs. P Enterprises, LLC.

Mrs. P Enterprises, LLC, was founded in 2008 by Hollywood team Clay Graham, Kathy Kinney and Dana Plautz. After having built successful careers in television and New Media, the three creators of were brought together by a love of reading and a desire to help spark that same passion in young people everywhere. The company endeavors to expose young people to great books and stories through a celebrity storyteller and to spark their imaginations and creativity with on-line games and writing contests. Its production offices are located in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California.


Clay Graham, co-president, was born in Phoenix, Arizona and was the head writer and Executive Producer of The Drew Carey Show for seven years. The show aired on ABC for nine seasons and is now syndicated throughout the world. Clay wrote for Mad Magazine while still in college and wrote and produced the sitcoms Benson and Who’s the Boss? soon after. He recently developed an animated comedy pilot, Big Tow, for TBS and Sony Studios, and is currently a writer and producer on the new NBC sitcom, Are You There, Chelsea? Clay has written comic essays for The New York Times, Written Bymagazine and The Arizona Republic.

Kathy Kinney, co-president, was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and achieved international fame playing Mimi Bobeck on “The Drew Carey Show” for nine years. (Kathy is the only member of the Mrs. P team who has had a doll manufactured in her image.) Before and after playing Mimi, Kathy has guest starred on television shows too numerous to mention. She has also appeared in many films including “This Boy’s Life” and “Stanley and Iris,” Kathy may currently be seen in a recurring role on the ABC Family hit series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager". She is also co-author, along with her friend Cindy Ratzlaff, of the book, “Queen of Your Own Life – The Grownup Woman’s Guide To Claiming Happiness And Getting The Life You Deserve.”

Dana Plautz, co-president, was born in New York and raised in Southern California. She spent 10 years in the Hollywood entertainment industry, holding senior posts at Norman Lear’s Embassy Communications and Hanna-Barbera Studios, followed by 13 years in high tech at Intel, Corp. specializing in the area of new media and emerging applications. But Dana's roots never strayed far from the entertainment field: she held a government appointment for 6 years,chairing the Oregon State Film and Video office. Dana is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and web producer and has a strong philanthropic and community volunteerism record, with a special interest in supporting the arts, education, and services for women and children.