Getting Money for College Can Be as Easy as Reading a Book
Summer Reading Program Sweepstakes Offers Five Chances to Win Money for College
While saving for college can be challenging, this summer it can be as easy as reading a book.
Children across the state of Georgia who participate in Georgia public libraries’ Summer Reading Program will not only get a jump start on their academic future, they also have the opportunity to win money for college through the Path2College 529 Plan’s® fifth annual summer reading program sweepstakes.
Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan and Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) officially kicked-off Fizz•Boom, $ave for College at libraries across the state to encourage kids to read throughout the summer and remind their parents and grandparents about the importance of saving for college.
Mitch Seabaugh, executive director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said that this year there will be even more chances to win.
Four regional winners will each win $1,529 towards a Path2College 529 Plan, and one grand prize winner will receive $5,529 towards a Path2College 529 Plan. Additionally, the library of the individual grand prize winner will receive $1,529, and the four libraries of the regional winners will each receive $529.
“This is a way for children to experience the joy of reading while gaining many academic benefits. They can also possibly win money towards their college savings. There’s really no down side to participating—it’s a win-win,” said Seabaugh. “Our goal is to familiarize Georgians with the only state-sponsored 529 college savings plan, and help families build a strong financial and academic foundation for the future.”
Last year, more than 200,000 children and teens participated in the Summer Reading Program.
“The Summer Reading Program encourages a love for reading and learning year-round. This sweepstakes engages parents and children in a practical conversation about the importance continuing that education, as well as saving for the expenses related to going college,” said Dr. Lamar Veatch, Georgia State Librarian. “If we can help just a small percentage of the children we serve start a plan for their future, we will have been successful.”
Sponsored by Georgia Public Library Service, the annual Summer Reading Program provides activities and programs for children throughout the summer, and prizes are awarded for everyone who reads whether it is in the form of a book, an ebook, an audiobook, a magazine—anything! Check with your public library for a calendar of events and programs. Parents, grandparents or legal guardians of a Georgia child can complete an online entry form for the sweepstakes, which is now available at the Path2College 529 Plan website, www.path2college529.com , through August 10, 2014.
Winners for the Fizz•Boom, $ave for College sweepstakes will be selected randomly from the state’s 63 library systems, which were divided into five groups for the sweepstakes:
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Chattahoochee Valley Libraries
Clayton County Library System
Cobb County Public Library System
DeKalb County Public Library
Flint River Regional
Forsyth County Public Library
Gwinnett County Public Library
Live Oak Public Libraries
West Georgia Regional
Athens Regional Library
Bartram Trail Regional Library
Chestatee Regional Library System
East Central Georgia Regional
Elbert County Public Library
Greater Clarks Hill Library System
Hall County Library System
Hart County Library
Mountain Regional Library
Newton County Library System
Northeast Georgia Regional Library
Piedmont Regional Library
Bartow County Library System
Catoosa County Library System
Chattooga County Library System
Cherokee Regional Library
Conyers-Rockdale Library System
Coweta County Public Library
Henry County Library System
Northwest Georgia Regional Library
Pine Mountain Regional Library System
Sara Hightower Regional Library
Sequoyah Regional Library
Fitzgerald-Bell Hill County Library
Houston County Public Libraries
Jefferson County Library
Middle Georgia Regional Library
Marshes of Glynn Libraries
Ocmulgee Regional Library System
Oconee Regional Library
Ohoopee Regional Library
Okefenokee Regional Library System
Satilla Regional Library
Screven-Jenkins Regional Library
Statesboro Regional Library
Three Rivers Regional Library
Brooks County Library
Coastal Plain Regional Library
DeSoto Trail Regional Library
Dougherty County Public Library
Kinchafoonee Regional Library
Lake Blackshear Regional Library
Lee County Public Library
Moultrie-Colquitt County Library
Peach Public Libraries
Roddenbery Memorial Library
South Georgia Regional Library
Southwest Georgia Regional Library
Thomas County Public Library System
Troup-Harris Regional Library
Worth County Library System Twin Lakes Library System
Uncle Remus Regional Library
Sweepstakes winners will be randomly selected at the conclusion of the sweepstakes. For official rules, additional prize details and more information, visit www.path2college529.com .
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
To learn more about Path2College 529 Plan or to open a college savings account, call 877-424-4377 or visit www.path2college529.com .
Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing in the Path2College 529 Plan. Visit www.path2college529.com for a Disclosure Booklet containing this and other information.