Florida Prepaid Foundation Scholarship Program 2017

by jennifer22. May 2017 09:39

It's that time of year! I'm seeing photos of my friends' kids graduating from 5th grade, 8th grade, 12th grade and college! 

This year has FLOWN by. Earlier this year I talked about how I needed to open a 529 account for the #TampaTrio. Well, time slipped away from me, until TODAY!! Today I finally did it!! And while it's true that I am a Florida Prepaid College Plan Believer Blogger, I am also a very loyal customer!

Yes, they all have Florida Prepaid accounts, but my husband and I wanted to doubly make sure that there would be enough funds for them to do whatever they need to do while they are earning their degrees. And the 529 Plans can be used towards graduate school, and if my kids take after me at all, they will all end up earning advanced degrees.

So today I finally sat down and I did it. They are all signed up!

 

 

So now that I have finished that task, I'm here to tell you about a super cool opportunity for you to win a $529 scholarship for your kids!

The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program will award 10 winners a $529 Scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account, that’s a FREE $529 towards your child’s college education!  That's pretty sweet! And did you know that May 29 is celebrated nationwide as 529 College Savings Day.

I just love that. It's like May the Fourth Be with You! LOL. Makes me smile every single time.

 

Here’s the 411 on the 529:

How do you enter to win 1 of 10 Scholarships from Florida Prepaid College Plans?

It's SUPER EASY. First, go to Florida529SavingsPlanScholarship.com

There you'll get chances to earn extra entries by answering questions, learning more about saving for college and sharing on social media.

How often can you enter?

You can keep coming back to the site every day to learn more and get extra chances to win!

When does the giveaway period end? When do I have to enter by?

You can enter to WIN every day NOW through June 11, 2017.

Who can enter to WIN 1 of 10 Florida Prepaid Scholarships?

Florida residents over the age of 18.

Want to get started with a Florida Prepaid 529 Plan?

Visit Florida Prepaid College Plans online.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan lets families avoid debt by saving at their own pace for college expenses, from tuition and fees to housing and books. Your family can contribute as much and as often as desired, and accounts can be opened at any time.

There is no minimum contribution to open a Florida 529 Savings account, and there are no application fees. This makes the Florida 529 Savings Plan one of the most affordable ways for families to save for college.  That means you can get started saving for your child’s future with whatever amount you choose!  There is no minimum contribution!  I'll tell you what I started with. I did a $100 initial contribution and then a $100 monthly contribution for EACH kid. The hardest part for me was picking how I wanted the money invested. I wanted to be safe, yet with a high return. I'm typically pretty good with my investments, so we'll see how well I did come this time next year. 

Don’t forget to enter to win one of those 10 Florida Prepaid Foundation Scholarships

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Follow Florida Prepaid College Plans on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube to stay up to date with information on not only the scholarship program and open enrollment but get tips on college and more.

 

 

 

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Florida SSYRA Battle of the Books 2017-2018

by jennifer22. April 2017 16:15
The 2017-2018 Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) books have been announced! The list for grades 3-5 has a few repeat authors including Laurence Yep and Sarah Weeks. I don't see  any of the authors on the 6-8 list as being repeat nominees. Parents and teachers, get a jump on everyone else by having your kids read a few of the titles over the summer. I have yet to see a summer reading list that does not include at least ONE SSYRA book. And the book usually includes a project to be submitted the first week of school. And how many of you have kids that wait until that last week to read the book and do the project? Based on the number of families that I see in the library scrambling to get their hands on a copy of ANY SSYRA book for that year, it seems like a lot of kids wait until the last minute. And we only have a limited copy of the books. Sure we have a lot of copies, usually at least 50 print copies, plus audio and ebook through Overdrive and Hoopla, but sometimes that's not enough.   So yo, Don't procrastinate, Don't sleep late, or let stress escalate SSYRA reading is postulate In the Sunshine State Let the words captivate Reinvigorate.

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Push Away the Screen: Patriots Point Charleston, SC

by jennifer26. March 2017 09:11
We spent Spring Break 2017 on Edisto Beach, South Carolina. Edisto Beach is a small (very very very small) beachfront community. I wouldn't call it a town or a city. It's a collection of vacation homes, some permanent residents, and NO STOPLIGHTS.  When he was a small child, my husband spent a few summers on Edisto vacationing with his grandparents. One of the memories he shared with us prior to our vacation was a day trip to Patriots Point. He vividly remembers seeing the USS Yorktown and wanted our kids to have a similar experience/memory. Patriots Point was kind enough to host us for the day, and we drove the 45 miles from Edisto Beach to Mt. Pleasant which is just across the harbor from Charleston, SC.  Upon arrival it's hard to miss the USS Yorktown. She is named after the Battle of Yorktown of the American Revolutionary War. And if you know me, you know I am a HUGE Hamilton fan. Therefore it was only fitting that I wore my "Guns and Ships" shirt which is the song where Lafayette explains how he is going to go to France for more funds and comes back with more guns, and ships, and how the balance shifts. This leads to the 1781 Battle of Yorktown, led by Hamilton, in which the Patriots WIN and the British surrender. The Revolution is over. Okay, back to Patriots Point.   This was the first time the #TampaTrio had seen a warship. They had NO IDEA how big these ships actually are. They were so surprised that the ship was like a mini town! In fact, this ship could probably house more people than Edisto Beach!  I found it very interesting that the Yorktown was the recovery ship for the Apollo-8 astronauts!They even had an Apollo 8 replica that the kids were able to go in to experience what it was like to orbit the moon and crash back to Earth. You can click HERE to see the video Ronin took while he was sitting inside the capsule.  On the hanger deck, each kid had the opportunity to sit in a F9F Cougar fighter jet. That was pretty cool.And then we went below deck. The kids were amazed by the sleeping areas, the kitchen, the dental office, and the brig.I think they forgot about someone and left him in the brig for just a bit too long! I found a bunk where a navy man had left his mark! I can't imagine sleeping over 2 years on this ship or this bunk. And imagine being a cook on this ship! Check out this recipe! That's a lot of eggs!! The flight deck was pretty incredible. The views went on forever!Ella and I climbed up to the bridge and she sat in the Captain's chair!But unlike when James visited Patriots Point more than 35 years, there is much more to do now than "just" the USS Yorktown.  There is also the USS Laffey, which is the ONLY Sumner-class surviving destroyer ship in North America. The USS Laffey was commissioned and supported the DDay landings at Normandy June 1944. My grandpa fought at DDay.After her time in Europe, she was sent to the Pacific Theater where off the coast of Okinawa, she was attacked by 22 Japanese bombers and Kamikaze, killing 32 and wounding 71 of the 336-man crew. The heroic crew shot down 9 Kamikaze aircraft and saved the damaged ship. This earned her the nickname "The Ship That Would Not Die."  There is an interactive exhibit Mount 53 which gives the visitor the experience of what it was like on the April 16, 1945 kamikazse attack. The trio did this, James and I did not. Ella was impressed by how realistic it was. She said it was so loud. Click HERE to see a video and explore the USS Laffey. And then we went on a submarine!!It was the first time any of us had been on a sub. And let me say....submarines are not made for fluffy people, or tall people or people who don't like very small spaces. So....this was a little difficult for me. I had a hard time breathing and felt like the walls were closing in on me.But it was really interesting and I'm glad I can cross that off my bucket list.But we're still not done!! Patriots Point recently opened a brand new exhibit about the Vietnam War. I fully admit...I do not know much about the Vietnam War and this exhibit taught me a lot!Set in a "Brown Water Navy" support base and a U.S. Marine Corps artillery fire base during the Tet Offensive and the Battle of the Khe Sanh in 1968. There are more than a dozen components that simulate life during wartime.Ronin and I had a talk before we went into the exhibit because he often does not do well with loud noises, but he said he'd be okay, and I trust him to know when he's uncomfortable and needs to leave. He did fine. But other Autistic kids might not do as well, so just make sure you have those conversations beforehand. While they enjoyed walking from hut to hut what they enjoyed the most was the military car.James and I were both very impressed by the exhibit. It was very well done.  We all really enjoyed our experience and I'm so glad my husband suggested that we make a visit to Patriots Point. If you go, this is what you need to know:Open 364 days per year. Only closed on Christmas Day. Other Holidays have reduced hours, so make sure you check before you go. Open from 9am-6:30pm Only the USS Yorktown is accessible for visitors in wheelchairs. Parking is $5 Admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors over age 62, $14 for children ages 6-11, children under 6 are free as are active duty military in uniform.If you are planning a trip to Charleson, SC I highly recommend you take a few hours and visit Patriots Point.   Have you ever toured an aircraft carrier, destroyer, or submarine??  

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