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State sponsored summer reading program awards college savings funds

For the 4th year, the Connecticut Higher Education Trust is holding a summer literacy program.  The Reading Makes Cent$ Summer Library Promotion is a contest to help families save for their child's future education. 


CHET Program Marketing Manager Elizabeth McLaughlin says one student from each county will be chosen at random to win $250 for their CHET 529 college savings account.  The library where the child registered will also receive a cash prize that can be used for future children's programs.


She says they hold the event when students are not in school to coincide with their summer reading programs.  It also gives families a leg up in saving for their child's future.  McLaughlin cited studies that have linked developed reading skills to college readiness as added incentive for families to participate.


All of the libraries in the Greater Danbury area are participating in the program, which runs through August 16th.  To sign up, kindergarteners through 8th graders and their parents can fill out a form at their local library.  They can also sign up online.

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