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Grayson library branch wins sweepstakes prize

Mitch Seabaugh, executive director of the Path2College 529 Plan, presents Gail Evans, branch manager of the Grayson Library, with $1,529 for the Summer Reading Program Sweepstakes.

Mitch Seabaugh, executive director of the Path2College 529 Plan, presents Gail Evans, branch manager of the Grayson Library, with $1,529 for the Summer Reading Program Sweepstakes.

GRAYSON — A local library won money for its children and teen programs for its promotion of the Path2College 529 Plan during its summer reading program.

The Grayson branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library tied with Athens-Clarke County Library for the most entires into a summer sweepstakes, a feat that garnered the library a $1,529 award.

“Georgia Public Library Service is extremely pleased to help bring the Path2College 529 Savings Plan to our state’s 400-plus public libraries. In these past four years, more than 20,000 public library patrons have entered the Sweepstakes, and individual winning children have received more than $21,000 towards their college savings,” said state librarian Lamar Veatch. “Additionally, approximately $20,000 has been donated to a number of outstanding participating libraries to help enhance their collections and programs. This is truly a winning collaboration.”

Gwinnett County Public Library Interim Director Liz Forster said branch leaders were excited about the sweepstakes.

“This is exciting for the Grayson Branch and Gwinnett County Public Library because we are proud to promote this part of the life-long educational experience to our patrons,” she said. “Plus, the Grayson Branch seems to like a little friendly competition if it results in rewards for our patrons.”

The state library service has partnered with Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan during the summer months for the past four years to remind families about the importance of financially preparing for future educational expenses through the sweepstakes, a press release said.

“Our libraries are helping children build a strong academic foundation and a love of learning through the summer reading program, along with the many other programs offered by Georgia’s libraries,” said Mitch Seabaugh, executive director of the Path2College 529 Plan. “By partnering with the libraries, we hope that as families are working with their children to improve their reading skills, we can get them thinking about their children’s future and to start building the financial foundation they will need to go to college.”

To learn more about the Path2College 529 Plan or to open a Path2College 529 college savings account, call 877-424-4377 or visit www.path2college529.com.