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Organizations promote summertime reading

SCHOOL NOTEBOOK 6-21-13

MORROW — Piccadilly Restaurants is encouraging children to read with its new Back to Books summer reading program. It rewards a free kid’s meal to kids who complete a reading log of ten books.

Piccadilly also has partnered with Reading Is Fundamental to help children in need.

Throughout June and July, restaurant patrons will have the opportunity to add $1 to their bill to support RIF. A donation wall with the names of donors will be on display in each restaurant.

“The positive reinforcement that Back to Books offers kids for continuing to read throughout the summer will encourage healthy reading habits that will stay with these children for years to come,” said Piccadilly CEO Tom Sandeman. “We’re excited about the opportunity to impact literacy through our partnership with RIF.”

Back to Books reading logs are available at each Piccadilly Restaurant. Once the reading log is completed it can be turned in for one free kid’s meal.

Also, the Georgia Public Library Service and the state’s Path2College 529 Plan are partnering on a summer reading program and sweepstakes, which will award a child with a $5,529 college savings contribution.

The program is designed to encourage kids to read throughout the summer and remind their parents and grandparents about the importance of saving for college.

Julie Walker is deputy state librarian. She said the Path2College 529 Plan Sweepstakes is a “not-to-be-missed” opportunity for parents and grandparents to jump start college savings plans for their young readers.

“We’re very happy to be entering our fourth year of raising awareness of summer reading through this program, and we hope to see more families participate this year than ever before,” Walker said. “What a great way to celebrate summer, reading and all that your library has to offer.”

The summer reading program includes activities about dinosaurs, construction vehicles, underground animals, Ancient Egypt and archaeology. They are available to children, teens and adults.

Children across the state who were born in 1997 or after and who participate in the Summer Reading Program at their local library can enter for a chance to win a $5,529 college savings account contribution.

“Reading is such a fundamental part of a child’s education, and encouraging reading at an early age is vital to a child’s educational success,” said Mitch Seabaugh, director of Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan.

Path2College 529 Plan Director Mitch Seabaugh said financing a child’s education early is as important to their success as teaching them to become lifelong readers at an early age. He said creating a financial plan designed to save money early and regularly for college is crucial to help offset the ever-rising costs of a college education.

“Families across Georgia have opened Path2College 529 Plan accounts for over 103,000 current and future students (as of Dec. 31, 2012),” Seabaugh said. “If we reach a small percentage of the people who participate in the Summer Reading Program, we can put more children on the path to college, which is our ultimate goal.”

Visit www.Path2College529.com for official rules on the sweepstakes and about opening a 529 Plan account online.

Locals enter Saint Augustine’s University

The following Clayton County students will be admitted this fall into Saint Augustine’s University: Rivedale residents Noah Gregory, Austyn Hayes, Khalid Rowe, Matthew McDonald and Tessence Pearson and Jonesboro residents Carl Aaron, Malcolm Johnson and Victoria Ogundipe.

Military notes

Army Pvt. Allen-Michael Wise has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Wise is the son of Sabrina and Henry Wise of Morrow.

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