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7-year-old wins Path2College scholarship
7-year-old wins Path2College scholarship

COVINGTON, Ga. -- One lucky seven-year-old recently learned that summer reading can pay off in more ways that one.

Taylor Boyd of Covington won a $5,529 contribution to his college savings for participating in the Georgia Public Library Service's Summer Reading Program.

Dubbed "One World, Many Stories," the summer reading initiative was sponsored in part by the Path2College 529 Plan college savings account for Georgia children.

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"It was such a wonderful surprise to get the call that Taylor had won $5,529 from the Path2College 529 Plan," said Kristen Boyd, Taylor's mother. "Each year, he and his sister Mallory enjoy the summer reading program at the Newton County Library."

Taylor, who is in second grade at Piedmont Academy in Monticello, hopes to someday attend Georgia Tech "just like his Uncle Charlie," Kristen Boyd said. "This incredible gift will certainly help make his dreams come true!"

More than 445,000 Georgia children and teens participated in the summer reading program. About 6,100 of them entered the sweepstakes to win the contribution toward their college savings.

"This program is a great way for children to stay engaged with reading over the summer," said Chuck Penuel, director of the Path2College 529 Plan. "We hope that by offering the annual sweepstakes, we are encouraging more children to get involved with the summer reading program, while at the same time reminding their parents how important a strong educational foundation and a strong financial foundation are to their child's success."

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Penuel presented Taylor with his check at the Covington branch of the Newton County Library.

The Covington branch was also awarded $1,529 to be used for its children's and teens' departments.