SALEM, Ore. — Fourteen Oregon children now have a head start on saving for college, including Vivien Bizzell of Astoria, thanks to taking part in summer reading. Their names were randomly drawn as winners in this year’s superhero-themed “Save for College, Save the Day!” summer reading campaign, sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan in partnership with the Oregon State Library and Oregon Library Association. The annual campaign is designed to help keep kids’ minds engaged over the summer.

Overall, the Oregon College Savings Plan awarded $14,906: each of the 14 winners received a $529 Oregon College Savings Plan account, while the libraries where the winners enrolled received a total of $7,500. The Astoria Public Library received $500 on behalf of Bizzell’s entry.

“Studies show that reading year-round can increase a child’s academic performance, and that will help them to be college ready,” Michael Parker, executive director of the Oregon 529 Savings Network, said.

According to the Oregon State Library, 206,425 youth from birth through age 18 signed up for this year’s summer reading program at public libraries throughout Oregon; collectively, they read 144,643 books. The reading campaign received 7,339 entries statewide.

For information about the Oregon College Savings Plan, go to www.OregonCollegeSavings.com or call 866-772-8464.

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