[kids-lib] Announcing the winners of the Think Big Save for College $1, 000 Oregon College Savings Plans
katie.anderson at state.or.us
Thu Nov 15 09:36:51 PST 2012
Please excuse the cross-posting…
I please to announce the Think Big Save for College winners! For more details, please read the following press release that went out yesterday.
1. Amy Thomas of Eugene, Eugene Public Library
2. Emily Hacking of Happy Valley, Clackamas County Library - Sunnyside Library
3. Jeff Bodily of Burns, Harney County Library
4. Jessica Corio of Tualatin, Tualatin Public Library
5. Julie Sak of Boardman, Oregon Trail District - Boardman Library
6. Kariann Meyers, of West Linn, West Linn Public Library
7. Leanne Lai of Corvallis, Corvallis Benton County Public Library
8. Michele Morgan of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Main Library
9. Paula Bruno of Happy Valley, Clackamas County Library - Sunnyside Library
10. Robert & Deborah Kontra of Corvallis, Corvallis Benton County Public Library
11. Rosemarie Braden of Portland, Multnomah County Library - Sellwood-Moreland Library
12. Taia Gelhaus of Albany, Corvallis Benton County Public Library
13. Tatiana Maldonado of Madras, Deschutes Public Library System - Redmond Library
As you may remember, we are not redrawing if any of the 15 people selected in the random drawing do not claim their prizes due to timeline issues. However, the libraries listed on the entry form of those who didn’t claim their prize still receive $500. The libraries whose winners did not claim their prize are Cedar Mill Community Library and Albany Public Library.
Congratulations to the winning libraries and thank you to all participating libraries for supporting this program and promoting saving for college.
At the OLA Children’s Services Division and Oregon Young Adult Network meetings in October we discussed the following issues with the Oregon summer reading sweepstakes. I thought the rest of you would also like to know…
* Families who already have Oregon College Savings Plan accounts may enter the summer reading sweepstakes! If they win, then the $1,000 is deposited into their existing account.
* Concerned about junk mail? Families entering the sweepstakes should not receive information from the Oregon College Savings Plan unless they check the box on the sweepstakes entry form that says “I would like more information on the Oregon College Savings Plan.”
* There are no sweepstakes materials in other languages because the Oregon College Savings Plan cannot afford to comply with the legal requirements. If the Oregon College Savings Plan translates any sweepstakes materials they are legally required to translate the entire product and the product must go through legal review and approval by a speaker of that language. Translating their products into Spanish is a high priority for them as well as for libraries. Every winter I discuss this issue with them as we are planning for the next summer’s sweepstakes and I will continue to do so regardless of budget constraints.
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Chris Crabb
November 14, 2012 503-314-7583 | chris at weinsteinpr.com<mailto:chris at weinsteinpr.com>
Oregon College Savings Plan Awards
Nearly $20,000 Through Summer Reading Program
13 Oregonians receive $1,000 college savings accounts;
Oregon public libraries receive an additional $6,500
SALEM, Ore. - Thirteen lucky Oregonians now have a head start on saving for college; their names were randomly drawn as winners in 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<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 $19,500: each of the 13 winners-up to three from each Oregon congressional district-received a $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan account, and the winner’s library 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 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.
“We are very proud of our partnership with the Oregon College Savings Plan,” said MaryKay Dahlgreen, Oregon State Librarian. “We appreciate the contribution of the Oregon College Savings Plan in encouraging Oregon children to participate in their local library summer reading program.”
Exactly 4,525 children and teens entered the THINK BIG Save for College program. This year’s winners included:
* Leanne Lai of Corvallis, Corvallis Benton County
* Amy Thomas of Eugene, Eugene Public Library
* Taia Gelhaus of Albany, Corvallis Benton County Public Library
* Kariann Meyers, of West Linn, West Linn Public Library
* Robert & Deborah Kontra of Corvallis, Corvallis Benton County Public Library
* Jeff Bodily of Burns, Harney County Library
* Julie Sak of Boardman, Oregon Trail District - Boardman Library
* Tatiana Maldonado of Madras, Deschutes Public Library System - Redmond Library
* Jessica Corio of Tualatin, Tualatin Public Library
* Michele Morgan of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Main Library
* Rosemarie Braden of Portland, Multnomah County Library - Sellwood-Moreland Library
* Paula Bruno of Happy Valley, Clackamas County Library - Sunnyside Library
* Emily Hacking of Happy Valley, Clackamas County Library - Sunnyside Library
As part of its sponsorship, the Oregon College Savings Plan also underwrote a series of free special performances in 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 $750 million in assets as of September 30, 2012. Since 2010, the plan has been managed by TIAA‐CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. An account can be opened for as little as $25 or $15 per pay period by payroll deduction. 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 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 Oregon College Savings Plan is administered by the State of Oregon. TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., is the Plan Manager.
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