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'Incentive of funding college': Summer reading program awards $529 to select participants

The sweepstakes run from May 16 to Aug. 12. Participating readers must be 18-years-old or younger to participate.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Four Kentucky children will be awarded $529 each to put towards a college account by participating in a summer reading program according to a press release from the governor’s office.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and KY Saves 529 have partnered together to launch the reading program, called the Explore Oceans of Possibilities College Savings Summer Reading Sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes run from May 16 to Aug. 12. Participating readers must be 18-years-old or younger to participate. The winner’s local library will also win $500 for future reading programs.

Gov. Andy Beshear said the Summer Reading Sweepstakes is a fun way to encourage children to read during the break and to explore their local libraries.

“For many families, the local public library is one of the few places their children can go to access free educational resources, activities and programs,” said Beshear.

Terry Manuel, commissioner of KDLA and state librarian, archivist and records administrator, said about 100,000 children have participated in Kentucky’s past summer reading programs.

“We are so pleased to collaborate with KHEAA as part of the Kentucky Summer Reading Program to offer children the extra incentive of funding college while they learn about the ocean and develop a love for reading,” said Manuel.

Parents, grandparents and guardians can enter each child in the sweepstakes here. Winners will be randomly drawn. For the official drawing rules click here.

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