Savannah Six-Year-Old Awarded $1,529 for his Path2College 529 Plan

L-R: Allison, Michael and Tommy Johnson with Mitch Seabaugh, executive director of the Path2College 529 Plan.
L-R: Allison, Michael and Tommy Johnson with Mitch Seabaugh, executive director of the Path2College 529 Plan.

Tommy Johnson, a six-year-old at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, was awarded $1,529 for his college savings as one of four statewide winners of the Path2College 529 Plan’s Pre-K to College sweepstakes.

“Tommy has big dreams and many different interests. He loves school, his teachers, his friends and I want him to have the freedom to pursue whatever he wants to, hopefully, without the financial limitations that can exist with the cost of college,” said Allison Johnson, Thomas’ mom who entered him in the sweepstakes.

Tommy’s Pre-K program, Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, was also awarded $529.

“I am so proud of young Tommy and I am most grateful for this wonderful donation. It will truly support our Montessori mission to ‘Educate the Whole Child for a Whole World’,” said Tanya Melville, principal at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy.

The Pre-K to College sweepstakes was held across the state through a partnership with Path2College and the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).

“Partnerships, like the one with DECAL, provide a win-win for families across Georgia,” said Caylee Noggle, Interim President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which partners with the Office of the State Treasurer to administer the Path2College 529 Plan for the state of Georgia. “It is in all of our best interests to ensure our children have a strong educational foundation and a bright future. By working with DECAL, we are able to reach families that may not have known about the opportunity to save for education-related expenses and the tax advantages of saving in the state of Georgia’s college savings plan—Path2College.”

Noggle said that reaching families with Pre-K aged children is essential to building a strong financial foundation to pay for future education costs.

The Path2College 529 Plan and DECAL also partner on the We Care, Child Care sweepstakes. This is the fourth year for the We Care, Child Care sweepstakes, and it will award four Georgia children from across the state with $1,529 each for their college savings. Each winner’s child care program will also be awarded $529.

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