NEST 529 Summer Reading Program offers chance for kids to win college scholarship money

NEST 529 Summer Reading Program offers chance for kids to win college scholarship money. (NTV News)

Nebraska state officials are helping families look ahead to their kids' college education, by encouraging them to read over summer break.

Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg announced the 5th annual NEST 529 summer reading program on Thursday.

Kids will be entered into a contest with 15 winners across the state winning a $529 scholarship to any college in the country.

Officials say this is a great way to encourage kids to read, and parents to consider investing in their kids' futures.

"The NEST program is a great thing for libraries because it's another incentive, a great opportunity to try for something that maybe they'll win," said Nebraska Library Association's Children and Young Adult Services Coordinator Sally Snyder.

"Summer reading is a great opportunity for children to think and dream about what they want to do," said Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg. "And it really fits with the reason we have the NEST program which was created by the legislature to encourage parents to start saving for college for their kids."

Thursday's announcement was made during Kearney Public Library's launch of their summer reading program.

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