by ANA OLVERA
This year the Kent District Library (KDL) partnered with the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Education Savings Program and the Michigan Education Trust to provide parents with the opportunity to win $1,500 toward their children’s educational expenses with a “Get Creative at Saving for College” contest. Statewide, six lucky winners were selected, one of which was Lynette Gasper, who frequents the Krause Memorial branch of KDL.
The $1,500 award was presented to Gasper at the KDL’s November Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, November 19. For Gasper’s efforts, the Krause Memorial branch also received $1,000 to help fund literacy initiatives for young children.
“We’re planning on using the money for activities and supplies for our early literacy area,” said Jennifer German, branch manager at Krause Memorial Library.
The contest was in conjunction with Summer Reading Club. When parents signed up their children, they were also able to fill out a form for the contest. Throughout the state, 7,000 people entered the contest and winners were selected through a drawing. The contest ran from June 1 to August 21.
Kent District Library is a millage-supported system encompassing 18 branch libraries in 26 governmental units throughout Kent County. KDL serves 362,312 people in all areas of Kent County except the city of Grand Rapids, Cedar Springs, Sparta and Solon Township.