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Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Path2College, Georgia's 529 savings plan, has kicked off this year's $25,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes.

The promotion is designed to get parents thinking about saving for college while their children are still young.

Through the sweepstakes, one lucky child will be awarded $15,000 for his or her college education. The winner's school will receive $10,000.

"All you have to do is go online and enter for a chance to win," Path2College exeuctive director Mitch Seabaugh said. "There's nothing to lose by entering, and both a child and his or her school have a lot to gain."

To enter, visit path2college529.com. The sweepstakes is open to current Path2College 529 Plan account owners or non-account owners who live in Georgia and are at least 21 years old.

The contest closes on Sunday, Aug. 10.

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

ATLANTA -- Whether you're taking children trick-or-treating or simply trying to get home at the end of a long workday, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants you to be safe this Halloween.

GDOT is offering advice for both drivers and pedestrians as the streets fill with young ghosts and goblins this evening.

Drivers are asked to slow down when entering neighborhoods and school zones. Reduce the number of distractions in the car, like phones and music, and take an extra second to look for children on medians and curbs.

GDOT also recommends driving with headlights on; that makes it easier to spot children from far away.

Young trick-or-treaters should look left, right and left again while trying to cross the street. They should also always stay on sidewalks or paths, and should not dart into the road or try to cross it from between parked cars.

It is recommended that children wear reflective tape or apply it to their trick-or-treat bags.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Gwinnett to participate in International Walk to School Day

Gwinnett to participate in International Walk to School Day

LILBURN, Ga. -- Safe Kids Gwinnett has pledged to participate in this year's International Walk to School Day, which will be Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Representatives from the organization will greet students at Camp Creek Elementary School in Lilburn as they walk to classes.

"On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers teach and model safe pedestrian behavior," said Tania Diaz with Safe Kids Gwinnett. "Our children learn by mimicking what they see. By walking out with them on International Walk to School Day, we can show children how to walk safely."

Diaz added that walking to school is an excellent way for young people to get daily exercise.

About 250,000 students nationwide participate in International Walk to School Day every year.

Suwanee Day celebrates 30 -- and community!

Suwanee Day celebrates 30 -- and community!

SUWANEE, Ga. -- For the 30th time, the Suwanee community – and several thousand others – will gather to celebrate Suwanee Day. Part art festival, part music/entertainment festival, and partly a fun-for-all-ages event, Suwanee’s annual “celebration of community” will be held Saturday, September 21, at Town Center Park. The day’s festivities also include a parade, yummy festival food, inflatable rides, free Fastball concert, and fireworks.

“We like to say that Suwanee Day is the best one-day festival around,” says Events Manager Amy Doherty, noting that this year’s Suwanee Day is a Southeastern Tourism Society Top 20 event. “We pack an awful lot into 13 hours. Thanks to our generous sponsors and hard-working volunteers, each festival seems to get just a little bit better.”

This year’s festival will feature about 200 vendors, more than 100 of them offering a variety of fine art, arts and crafts, and jewelry.

Broadway in the Park shows how good urbanism makes happier citizens

Broadway in the Park shows how good urbanism makes happier citizens

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Pictures don't lie. Suwanee Town Center Park is full of green ogres, meddling kids, and lots of happy people.

The reason? The city of Suwanee, one of the nation’s 10 Best Towns for Families by Family Circle magazine, is hosting a free live performance of Shrek The Musical and “Shooby Doo”. The Suwanee performances mark the first amateur production of Shrek The Musical in Georgia.

“We always try to pick something that will appeal to audiences of all ages,” says Director Patty Etherton. “The writing for Shrek is so fresh and wonderful. I laughed out loud and smiled all the way through it.”

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.