Eighteen students from Tara Pope's second-grade class at Piedmont Academy in Monticello made a special trip to the Newton County Library in Covington on Wednesday morning to celebrate Boyd's win. Each student in his class also was awarded a $25 gift of education certificate to open a 529 Plan account and other special gifts from the Path2College 529 Plan, which is under the direction of Chuck Penuel, pictured.
COVINGTON -- A weekly trip to the library paid off for one Covington family.
Taylor Boyd, a second-grader at Piedmont Academy in Monticello, was awarded $5,529 in the form of a college savings plan from the Path2College 529 Plan in partnership with the Georgia Public Library Service for being the winner of the 2011 Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.
Boyd entered the contest over the summer at the Newton County Library. More than 6,100 students entered the contest across Georgia.
"Every Wednesday, during the summer we come to the library," said his mother Kristen.
She said Boyd and his sister Mallory, a fourth-grader at Piedmont Academy, usually pick out about five books each week and also participate in the library's special children's activities, like special guest readers, arts and crafts or puppet shows.
Over the summer, Kristen estimates her two children read about 30 books each.
"I get to learn a bunch of stuff," Taylor said about why he loves to read.
His favorite books are the "Dinosaur Cove" and "The Magic Tree House" series. He also enjoys reading and math at school.
"He's a smart student," said his teacher Tara Pope. "He loves reading."
In the future, he hopes to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology, like his uncle Charlie, or Savannah State University with his sister, who also is dreaming big about college already.
"This incredible gift will certainly help make his dreams come true," Kristen said.
The Newton County Library also received $1,529 for its children and teen's department because of Boyd's win.
"I'm honored and pleased," said Lace Keaton, director of the Newton County Library System. "Without (Taylor), we would not get this award. The staff already are busy making their Christmas list."
Boyd's 18 classmates from Piedmont Academy also were awarded a $25 gift of education certificate to open a 529 Plan account and other special gifts like pencils, a T-shirt and a piggy bank from the Path2College 529 Plan. They also participated in a special celebration in his honor on Wednesday morning at the Newton County Library.
Over the summer, 865 students participated in the summer program at the Newton County Library, and more than 2,000 adults and children attended special programs at the library. More than 445,000 students in Georgia participated in a summer reading program at a public library.