[kids-lib] Announcing the 2013 summer reading sweekpstakes winners!

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Mon Nov 25 15:37:44 PST 2013

Thank you for participating in We Dig Summer Reading and Saving for College, the 2013 summer reading sweepstakes! Below is the press release announcing the winners. Attached are the number of entries by library in case you are curious how many of your patrons entered. Libraries are listed on the attach document as they were written on the entry cards so be sure to skim the whole document to make sure you’re counting all the entries from your library.

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Oregon College Savings Plan Awards $21,500
Through Summer Reading Program
14 Oregon children receive $1,000 college savings accounts,
Oregon public libraries receive an additional $7,500

SALEM, Ore. - Fourteen lucky Oregon children now have a head start on saving for college; their names were randomly drawn as winners in We Dig Summer Reading and Saving for College, a statewide campaign designed to promote summer reading programs held at public libraries around the state. The Oregon College Savings Plan<http://www.oregoncollegesavings.com> sponsored the program in partnership with the Oregon State Library<http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/> and Oregon Library Association<http://www.olaweb.org/mc/page.do;jsessionid=F0EB525AD87EA7A8C313D97E0163B254.mc1?sitePageId=31596>.

Overall, the Oregon College Savings Plan awarded $21,500: each of the 14 winners-up to three from each Oregon congressional district-received a $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan account, and the winners’ libraries received $500.

“It’s so important to support summer reading programs for Oregon families,” said Michael Parker, executive director of the Oregon 529 College Savings Network. “If we can get kids to enjoy reading now, we’re setting them up for greater success in school and in life.”

According to the Oregon State Library, nearly 189,430 children and teens participated in the summer reading programs offered at public libraries throughout Oregon, reading 92,662 books and 1,691,664  pages. More than 74,000 participants reached their reading goals and finished the summer reading program.

“This is the fourth year that we’ve partnered with the Oregon College Savings Plan on summer reading,” said MaryKay Dahlgreen, Oregon State Librarian. "The We Dig Summer Reading and Saving for College campaign was a great incentive for all Oregon youth to participate in their library's summer reading program."

Exactly 6,542 children and teens entered the We Dig Summer Reading and Saving for College program. This year’s 14 winners included:

o   Elliott Frempong (Parent: Sarah Frempong) of Tualatin; Tualatin Public Library

o   Elise Ritter (Parent: Laurel Ritter) of Corvallis; Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

o   Alejandro Mendoza (Parent: Marta Traxtle) of Albany; Albany Public Library

o   Keegan Ferro (Parent: Erin Ferro) of Portland; Belmont Library (Multnomah County Library)

o   Rachel Doughton (Parent: Errin Doughton) of Jefferson; Jefferson Public LIbrary

o   Elise Reese (Parent: Edward Reese) of Philomath; Philomath Community Library

o   Taima Marrietta (Grandparent: Denice Lindsey) of Lakeview; Lake County Library

o   Cody Griffin (Parent: Wendy Griffin) of Stanfield; Stanfield Public Library

o   Ian Castaneda (Parent: Nancy Castaneda) of Portland; Hillsboro Main Library

o   Ian Long (Parent: Kim Long) of Hillsboro; Hillsboro Main Library

o   Priyanka Basak (Parent: Gloria Basak) of West Linn; West Linn Public Library

o   Hannah Zamora (Parent: Janell Zamora) of Hines; Harney County Library

o   Mateo Minato (Parent: Amy Minato) of Portland; Hillsdale Library (Multnomah County Library)

o   Chloe Hagel (Parent: Tina Hagel) of Sandy; Sandy Public Library

As part of its sponsorship, the Oregon College Savings Plan also underwrote a series of free special performances for libraries in communities with a population of 10,000 or less. The goal was to engage and motivate young readers, while helping these smaller libraries drive traffic and encourage summer reading.

About The Oregon College Savings Plan
The Oregon College Savings Plan, which is part of the Oregon 529 College Savings Network, launched in January 2001 and has grown to more than $954 million in assets as of September 2013. The plan is managed by TIAA‐CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. For more information about the Oregon College Savings Plan, its investment options and how to enroll, visit OregonCollegeSavings.com<http://www.oregoncollegesavings.com> or call toll free 866‐772‐8464.

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Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing in the Oregon College Savings Plan. Please visit OregonCollegeSavings.com<http://www.oregoncollegesavings.com> for a Plan Disclosure Booklet with this and more information. Read it carefully. Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss.

The tax information contained herein is not intended to be used, and cannot be used, by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties. Taxpayers should seek advice from an independent tax advisor based on their own particular circumstances.

The Oregon College Savings Plan is administered by the State of Oregon. TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., is the plan manager.

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528
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