The Times West Virginian

February 9, 2013

Education focus of ‘When I Grow Up’ contest

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office is highlighting the importance of investing in a child’s education at a young age through the “When I Grow Up” contest.

For the sixth year in a row, the office of Treasurer John Perdue and SMART529, West Virginia’s college savings plan, are sponsoring this contest for elementary school students in the state. Kids in kindergarten through fifth grades are asked to write about what they want to be when they grow up and explain why in 100 words or less.

“It encourages kids to think about going to college,” Perdue said.

He said the children’s answers are very thoughtful and have a powerful impact. Reading the students’ essays makes him think about what he aspired to be when he was a kid and how education changed his life.

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