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529 Day Inspired Learning Giveaway

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Enter to Win Tickets to One of Washington's Museums and Inspire Lifelong Learning

 

PROMOTION INFORMATION

At GET we believe that learning doesn’t begin or end in the classroom. It starts with the first question, and draws on the world around us for inspiration. To celebrate 529 day, GET would like to offer you a week-long chance to win tickets to one of Washington’s many fantastic science centers or museums in hopes that a visit may fan the flames of curiosity in your little learner. “Like” one of our 529 day Facebook posts and send us “529 Day” as a direct Facebook message before 11:59 pm on May 31 to be entered into a drawing to win one of six prize packages! Winners will select tickets to a museum/science center* of their choice from the following list:

Group A

  • Pacific Science Center – Seattle
  • Seattle Art Museum – Seattle
  • Museum of Flight – Seattle

Group B

  • Hands on Children’s Museum – Olympia
  • Mobius Science Center – Spokane
  • Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture – Spokane
  • Washington History Museum – Tacoma
  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma – Donation only
  • Imagine Children’s Museum – Everett
  • The Reach Museum – Richland
  • Children’s Museum of Skagit County – Burlington
  • Whatcom Museum – Bellingham

* The named museums/science centers do not support or endorse this promotion or the GET program.

The prize packages are as follows:

Grand Prize – $80 value (1 winner)

Choose 1

  • 4 tickets to a Group A venue
  • 8 tickets to a Group B venue

First Prize – $60 value (2 winners)

Choose 1

  • 3 tickets to a Group A venue
  • 6 tickets to a Group B venue

Second Prize – $40 value (3 winners)

Choose 1

  • 2 tickets to a Group A venue
  • 4 tickets to a Group B venue

Dates

This promotion will run Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 11:59 pm.

DISCLAIMER INFORMATION

GET’s Inspired Learning promotion will take place from Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Wednesday, May 31, 2017. There will be a total of six (6) prizes awarded (One Grand Prize, two First Prizes, and three Second Prizes. See above for prize package descriptions). Prizes will be awarded at the end of the promotion by a process of random selection from a pool of all individuals who “Like” one of GET’s 529 day Facebook posts. The order of the prize drawing will be from least to most valuable prize package, with the “Grand Prize” awarded last. Individuals who “Like” one of GET’s 529 day posts AND send us “529 Day” as a direct Facebook message before 11:59 pm on May 31 will receive a maximum of one entry into the final prize drawing. The prize drawing will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Selected winners will be notified via Facebook direct message and will have seven (7) days to claim their prize and if they do not, GET program staff will hold additional drawings until a selected winner claims his or her prize. Individuals can only win one prize package during the course of the entire promotion. Washington Student Achievement Council employees and their families are not eligible for this promotion. The named museums/science centers do not support or endorse this promotion or the GET program.

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Cousin’s Legacy Lives on Through Investments in Children’s Futures

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Simon Sinek Start with Why

Fifteen years ago my cousin Michael passed away after a tragic airline accident. He was only 30 years old and had a bright future ahead of him. Over the years following my cousin’s death, my aunt and uncle searched for ways to honor Michael’s life. One of the ways they chose to recognize Michael’s contributions to the world was by establishing a 529 college savings account for both my daughter and my son. My aunt and uncle believed education was the one way Michael’s legacy could be carried on by giving my children the opportunity to follow their dreams and aspirations through a college education.

My aunt and uncle’s choice to celebrate Michael’s life through a 529 plan contribution was not based on maximizing investment returns in order to make a lot of money; it was a much deeper and meaningful decision. They simply wanted to ensure all the amazing experiences that were afforded to Michael because of his education were passed along to the next generation of our family. In fact, I remember Michael’s college graduation pretty vividly since it was the first I had ever attended. I recall thinking at the time, how cool it was that he achieved such a high level of education. That memory was left engraved in my mind and was something I circled back to when I needed a little motivation with my own studies.

Golden Circle By Simon SinekLittle did I know that 25 years after Michael’s graduation I would be in a profession focused on helping families prepare and save for their children’s college education. The memory of Michael and what my aunt and uncle did to honor his life is something I think about almost every day in marketing Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) college savings plan. So often in marketing investment products, we get caught up in focusing on the features and benefits of our products and we forget about why families are making the decision to save for a higher education.

In Simon Sinek’s TED Talk titled “Start with the Why” he discusses the fact that “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” Sinek focuses his discussion on the “why” section of our brains that controls our trust, loyalty and feelings. He says great leaders and great businesses put their energy into inspiring us. He refers to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s “I have a dream speech” and he says there is good reason why he did not call it “I have a plan speech” with a 30-point agenda. MLK was so successful because he got people to take ownership of his ideas and share them as their own original thoughts and beliefs. This is exactly what we are doing each day in the college savings industry; we are working tirelessly to inspire families to develop strategies for their children’s educational future.

In his book “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years,” author Don Miller asks the reader if a movie based on a guy who works his entire life to buy a Volvo would move a person to tears when he finally saves enough money to drive this luxury sedan off the lot. The answer of course is no; however, as he points out, this is how most people live their lives. In looking at our lives as a story, Miller says we can learn a lot about how to make life interesting and meaningful. And if you look at education and its role in our lives, it is the core plot of our life story. School is where we create lifelong friendships, establish our values, attain job and life skills, acquire mind-opening knowledge and explore the world around us through life-altering experiences. Education’s relevance in our lives is huge and 529 plans are at the heart of making these learning experiences possible.

We take the responsibility of educating families about the benefits of 529 plans very seriously because the impacts are far-reaching. The college savings industry is very different than other sectors of the economy where business leaders look for ways to reduce services and product offerings in order to maximize revenue and earnings. When it comes to 529 plans, the focus continues to be on how to improve, enhance and expand our services and customer benefits because the more we can help the next generation save and prepare for their future, the better off our society will be in the long-run.
Close to three years ago, my uncle who helped set up my children’s 529 plan passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. His passing was just another reminder about how short life can be and the importance of the precious time we share with family and friends. When it is all said and done, we can’t take anything with us and the only thing we can leave behind are experiences that live on as memories with those we love and the legacy of our kindness and compassion for helping others live a happy and consequential life. My uncle and my cousin succeeded in this mission and I believe it is my responsibility to help other families reach the same goals.

Written by Ryan Betz, Associate Director of GET Marketing & Communications

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Join us on May 29th for College Savings Night with the Mariners

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Hootie is getting excited. His favorite day of the year is just around the corner! May 29th is 529 College Savings Day across the nation, and GET is proud to be partnering with the Seattle Mariners and ParentMap to celebrate! Join us May 29th for College Savings Night at Safeco Field, and watch the Mariners beat Cleveland. There’s even a fireworks show after the game. Over the past few weeks GET has been giving away Mariners swag and tickets to the game. Don’t worry though, if you weren’t one of our lucky winners, it’s not too late! Discounted tickets are only $16 with a souvenir T-shirt included. Just follow the link below to get your tickets, and don’t forget to stop by the GET table and say hi and learn how you can get your college savings started today. We hope to see you at the game!

Get your tickets at: www.mariners.com/get

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A College Savings Pep Talk

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Saturday, May 31 will mark the end of our 16th season of helping Washington families save for college. As the enrollment period is winding down, it’s the perfect chance to ramp up your college savings efforts. Need a little encouragement? We’ve planned a little pep talk to help you take your college savings game to the next level. To guide our discussion, we’ll reference some inspirational quotes from some of the most outstanding leaders in sports history. So, let’s get our game faces on and go win one for your kids!

“It’s not the will to win that matters…Everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant

Coach Bryant’s legacy is about much more than just a cool nickname and an even cooler houndstooth-patterned hat. He’s a true college football legend that led the Alabama Crimson Tide to six national championships and thirteen SEC conference titles. But this success didn’t just fall into his lap. As he notes above, it takes preparation. The same goes for saving for college. Of course we all want to see our kids to do well in school, go to college and ultimately be successful. But to make it happen, it takes thoughtful planning and commitment. We encourage you to sit down as a family and map out a game plan for fitting college savings into the rest of your financial planning. Once you come up with a plan that everyone agrees on, don’t delay in implementing it.

“Some people want it to happen. Some wish it would happen. Others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

keep-calm-and-save-for-college-1You probably don’t need us to remind you who MJ is, but in case the name isn’t ringing a bell, he’s that guy in all those Hanes commercials – remember? Oh, and he’s a six-time NBA champion, five-time MVP and arguably the best basketball player who ever lived – not too shabby. While his talent and aptitude for the game are unfathomable for most of us, Michael Jordan didn’t achieve what he did without hard work and the determination to do better. He was one of the fiercest competitors to ever play in the NBA, and his accomplishments reflect this. We can all learn from MJ’s determination to make things happen. It’s a great lesson for our kids and even greater reminder for us as parents. Just as it’s important to create and implement a college savings game plan, it’s important to refer back to it on a regular basis to see where you’re at with meeting your goals so that you can make adjustments and improvements as you go.

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” – Coach John Wooden

Despite lacking the customary wand and pointed cap, the “Wizard of Westwood” was a true magician that left one of the largest marks in men’s college basketball history. Under John Wooden’s leadership, the UCLA Bruins won ten national championships in just twelve years. Wooden was revered not only for his success on the court, but also for his emphasis on building strong character in his players off the court. His thirteen words above are a simple, but powerful concept. It’s often hard to see in the moment how small, seemingly insignificant efforts can add up to a huge payoff in the end – but it’s true. So even if you’re only able to set aside small amounts to get your college savings started, it’s important to go for it and not be discouraged.

Go, fight, win!

In closing, no matter how much you’re able to set aside, it’s important to make a college savings plan when your kids are young, do what you can, keep your focus, and make adjustments as you go. The efforts that you can make today will make things that much easier when your child is ready to head off to school. When in doubt, just remind yourself to keep calm and save for college!

 

Written by Lucas Minor

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GET to Celebrate National 529 College Savings Day

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Annually, May 29 is recognized as National 529 College Savings Day. The goal of observing this special day is to celebrate 529 college savings and prepaid tuition plans, and to remind families of the importance of planning ahead for college expenses. With tuition prices in our state more than double what they were ten years ago, and national student loan debt at an all-time high (on average, students are now graduating college with over $30,000 in loan debt), it’s never been more important for families to start saving when their kids are young. Our team here at GET recognizes the importance of reaching as many Washington families as possible with this message. 529 Day ProclamationWe’re excited to again be participating in College Savings Day by offering a special promotion and hosting fun community events! We are also pleased to have Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation naming May 29th as the state’s College Savings Day. Here’s a snapshot of what we have in store for this special day:

We’re waiving enrollment fees!
In an effort to make it easier for families to get their savings started, we will be waiving the $50 enrollment fee for all new Custom Monthly Plan Accounts set online up between May 27, 2014 and May 31, 2014. To take advantage of this special offer, customers simply need to visit www.get.wa.gov and click the “Enroll Now” button on the upper right hand side of the screen. Then, complete the quick enrollment application. The enrollment fee waiver will automatically be applied.

We’d like you to join us for some fun!
We will also be hosting fun family events at three locations throughout the state on Thursday, May 29 in Olympia, Everett and Spokane. In Olympia we’ll be broadcasting live from the Hand’s on Children’s Museum (414 Jefferson St NE) on 94.5 FM ROXY radio from 4pm and 6pm. In Everett you can come see us at the Imagine Children’s Museum (1502 Wall St) and listen for us on 1520 AM KXA Classic Country from 3pm and 5pm. And in Spokane, we’ll be at the Central Spokane YMCA (1126 N. Monroe St.), broadcasting on BIG 99.9 Coyote Country from 4pm to 6pm. If you live in any of these areas, we encourage you to tune in to these stations and stop by our booth with the kids. We’ll have fun activities, free giveaways and snacks, and helpful information from our team of college savings professionals.

We’d like to encourage you to check out what else is going on nationwide to celebrate!
Also be sure to check out what’s going on throughout the country for 529 College Savings Day by visiting the College Savings Plans Network’s (CSPN) Facebook page and website. On their Facebook page, you can enter a sweepstakes for your chance to win one of ten awards of $529 to go towards a new or existing 529 plan. Then on their website you can check out their interactive event map to see what every participating state is doing to commemorate 529 College Savings Day.

We hope that you can join us for one of these exciting events! We also hope that if you still need an extra push to get your college savings started, that you’ll take advantage of our special enrollment fee waiver offer. For more information on the GET Program and for 529 day event and promotion details, visit www.get.wa.gov. However you decide to celebrate 529 Day, we encourage you to spread the word to friends, family, and anyone you know that can benefit from getting their college savings started!

Written by Lucas Minor

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