Read books, win college money this summer

Read books, win college money this summer

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Libraries across the state joined the Path2College 529 Plan, which has a contest that pays off with thousands of dollars for college.

The "Every Hero Has a Story Sweepstakes" pays off for four Georgia Children with $1,529, and one grand prize winner will win $5,529 for their Path2College 529 Plan.

This is the sixth year that Path2College 529 Plan and the Georgia Public Library Service have partnered on the statewide initiative designed to encourage kids to read throughout the summer and remind their parents and grandparents about the importance of saving for college.

“As families are looking for ways to continue their children's educations this summer through programs like the Summer Reading Program at their local library, we want to encourage them to start thinking about the future and making a financial plan to help pay for the cost of their loved one's education,” said Mitch Seabaugh, executive director of the Path2College 529 Plan. “We are excited to once again offer the opportunity for Georgia children to win a foundation toward building their college savings, while at the same time helping their local library.”

Parents, grandparents and legal guardians (who are at least 21 years of age or older) can enter children born in 1999 or after and who are participating in the Georgia Public Library 2015 Summer Reading Program for a chance to win. Path2College 529 will randomly select four regional winners who will each win $1,529 towards a Path2College 529 Plan and one grand prize winner who 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.

“The Path2College 529 Plan Summer Reading Program sweepstakes is a winning proposal for Georgia's families. What could be more exciting than the chance to win a significant start to a child's college savings, just by signing up at your local public library,” said Julie Walker, Georgia State Librarian. “As students in every community in Georgia take advantage of our wealth of summer reading programs, we hope that every family will enter to win one of the generous prizes that can jump start their child's college career.”

Last year, more than 212,000 children and teens participated in the Summer Reading Program sponsored by the 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, ebook, audiobook, or a magazine. Families should check with the local public library for a calendar of events and programs.

Since 2010, the Path2College 529 Plan has contributed more than $55,000 to Georgia children and libraries through the yearly summer reading program sweepstakes. For official rules, prize details and to enter, parents and grandparents should visit

. Entries must be submitted online by August 10, 2015. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by the Path2College 529 Plan.

Winners of the Every Hero Has a Story Sweepstakes will be selected randomly from entries across the state's 63 library systems, which are divided into five groups:


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

Past Summer Reading Program Sweepstakes winners who have received a $5,529 contribution to a Path2College 529 Plan include: in 2010, Calvin Fetner of Athens; in 2011, Taylor Boyd of Covington; in 2012, Savannah Beecher of Richmond Hill; in 2013, Natalie Brantley of Warner Robins; and in 2014, Molly Kate McDevitt of Warner Robins. In 2014, the four regional winners who each received $1,529 included Lauren Atkinson of Smyrna, Ivan Seasholtz of Lake Park, Maddox Tomlinson of Newnan and Alejandra Cerron-Palomino of Athens.

Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing in the Path2College 529 Plan. Visit

for a Plan Disclosure Booklet containing this and other information. Please read it carefully.

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