WL student wins $1,000 through reading program


Award granted by Oregon College Savings Plan

Twelve lucky Oregonians along with one student from West Linn were drawn at random and received a $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan account. The West Linn Public Library also received $500 through the campaign.

Winners were selected through THINK BIG Save for College — a statewide campaign designed to promote summer reading programs held at public libraries around the state. The Oregon College Savings Plan sponsored the program in partnership with the Oregon State Library and Oregon Library Association.

Exactly 4,525 children and teens entered the THINK BIG Save for College program. The family of the West Linn student that won asked not to be publically named. Overall, the Oregon College Savings Plan awarded a total of$19,500 to each of the 13 winners and an additional $6,500 to participating libraries.

“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 194,000 children and teens participated in the summer reading programs offered at public libraries throughout Oregon, reading 188,565 books and 949,418 pages. More than 76,000 participants reached their reading goals and finished the summer reading program.

For more information, visit oregoncollegesavings.com or call 866-772-8464.