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.