Dream Big! competition

Region - posted Feb, 03 2014

REGION - The sixth annual CHET Dream Big! Competition has begun. The competition is aimed at getting kindergarten through fifth-grade students across the state to think about their education and careers. The Dream Big! Competition, which officially launched Jan. 27, will award three grand prizes of $1,000 CHET 529 college savings accounts – the highest prize amount in the competition’s history. An additional 60 students will win a $500 CHET account. The competition features two entry categories based on grade level. Students in grades kindergarten through three are asked to submit an original drawing that answers the question, “What do I want to do after I go to college?” Fourth- and fifth-graders are asked to write an essay that responds to the question, “How will I change the world after I go to college?” Entries are judged on five criteria: creativity, originality, portrayal of theme, spelling and grammar. Winners will be announced and recognized during a ceremony in May. The three $1,000 grand prize winners will be chosen from all entries; one winner each will be chosen from grades kindergarten and first; second and third; and fourth and fifth. Forty-eight winners (six per county) will be awarded a $500 CHET account. Twelve statewide winners representing Connecticut’s Review and Turnaround Schools also will be awarded a $500 CHET account. The Competition also has a new feature to encourage teachers to have their students participate in the program: The school with the highest number of entries will win $500, and the 10 teachers who submit the greatest number of entries will win an iPad mini for their classroom. Students who don’t enter through their school can enter on their own. Parents or other caregivers may download the entry form and materials at www.CHETDreamBig.com. The Dream Big! Competition is sponsored by the State Treasurer’s Office, TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. and CHET. The deadline for entries is March 26. Official rules and full entry details can be found at www.CHETDreamBig.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CHETcollegesavings. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. For more information about CHET, visit www.aboutchet.com or call the customer service center at 866-314-3939.

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