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Getting Money for College can be as Easy as Reading a Book

June 9, 2014



ATLANTA, June 9 -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan issued the following news release:

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(TM) 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: THE BIGS:

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

NORTHEAST:

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

Twin Lakes Library System

Uncle Remus Regional Library

NORTHWEST:

Bartow County Library System C

atoosa 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

SOUTHEAST:

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

SOUTHWEST:

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

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. Please read it carefully.

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