"Are you guys ready for summer reading?" the program coordinator at the
As the youth, their parents and Larrick waited for the special announcement portion -- a surprise guest, they were told -- Larrick read several science-themed books to the children seated around her.
This summer's reading program is titled FIZZ, BOOM -- READ. The idea is to spark a reaction in both children and teens.
As the anticipation mounted, the guest announcer finally arrived.
"No matter what you want to do when you grow up, there's going to be some learning you'll have to do," Seabaugh said.
Seabaugh told the children they could get a jump-start on that future education just by picking up a book this summer. He introduced the FIZZ, BOOM -- $ave for College program, a statewide initiative to encourage kids to read during the summer and remind parents and guardians of how important a college savings plan is from an early age.
The annual sweepstakes is now in its fifth year, with even more ways to win than before. Four regional winners will each win
"And if you're a winner from this library, you'll win some money, too," Seabaugh said.
The library of the individual grand prize winner will receive
Sign-ups and more information are available on the organization's website, www.path2college529.com, now through
To participate, children need to participate in their local Summer Reading Program. At the
For more information on the local summer reading program, call the
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