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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



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


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


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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Six tips for keeping your kids’ brains free of summer cobwebs

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“School’s out for summer!” As a kid, this four-letter phrase was music to my ears and signaled the start of the greatest time of year. It’s probably safe to say the same goes for your kids. I mean, what’s better than three carefree months to kick back, forget homework and just be a kid?

But just because there are no teachers or lesson plans doesn’t mean learning should be put on hold. Studies show that on average, a student loses at least a month of grade level equivalency over summer break.

Fortunately, there are plenty of fun (yes, FUN!) activities that will help keep your children’s brain moving all summer long. Here are some ideas to get you started:

#1 Get Out of the House
Whether it’s your yard, the park or deep in the forest, there are so many things to stimulate their senses and brain. Set up activities that will challenge your kids to explore and analyze the world around them. Try a nature scavenger hunt – create a list of some common and harder to find animals, leaves, plants, etc. When all of the items have been spotted or collected, spend some time talking about and researching each item.

#2 Crack Open a Book or Two
Make regular visits to your local library, and get your children involved in summer reading programs. You may even want to set up your own family reading competition (perhaps with the allure of fabulous prizes).


#3 Turn the Mundane into Food for the Brain
Even routine activities can be a valuable learning opportunity. For instance, a grocery store trip can be a math lesson. If you’re a bargain shopper, let your children help you calculate which item is the better deal. Back at home, ask your kids to help with reading recipes and measuring ingredients. This is a great way to keep analytical abilities sharp.

#4 Plan a Close to Home Adventure
There are so many opportunities to expand your children’s’ minds, right in your own community. Visit your local museum, nature preserve or art exhibit. Talk to the guides, read the informational signs and encourage your kids to ask questions. Keep an eye out for special exhibits and free admission days.

 #5 It Still Can be Fun and Games
If your children are into video games, be sure to incorporate educational games into their collection. There are also plenty of free tablet/smartphone apps out there that will keep the learning and the fun coming. If you want them to break away from the screen, good old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles are especially effective at stimulating many parts of the brain.

 #6 Make Money Count
And of course, one of our favorite activities to talk about is saving money! Teaching kids how to manage finances instills responsibility and helps maintain computational skills. There are many ways to go about this, such as tying allowances to household chores, helping your children set up their very own savings accounts, or using multi-compartment piggy banks to budget the amount they save, spend and share with others.

 Go For It!
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Your kids may complain a little that they can’t sleep in and watch TV all day, but they may just thank you in the future when they’re crossing the stage to pick up their college degrees.

Written by Lucas Minor

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