Oregon College Savings Plan Announces Return of Education Celebration Awards Program to Honor Oregon Educators and their Schools

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Program celebrates education with nearly $20,000 in awards to inspiring educators and their schools

SALEM, Ore. – Sept. 11, 2012 – Educators of all types play an important role in the success of our children by stimulating their curiosity and encouraging lifelong learning. The Oregon College Savings Plan is pleased to honor these educators with the second annual Education Celebration Awards, a program that honors educators who positively influence children’s interests and their ability to learn.

The Education Celebration Awards will recognize three educators in the 2012/2013 academic year who have motivated and inspired children to be better students. The winning educators will each receive a $1,500 prize, plus a $5,000 prize for their respective school. Anyone working in the Oregon K-12 educational system may be nominated, including principals, teachers, counselors, librarians and school staff. Prizes will be awarded in the fall, winter and spring.

“Education is the cornerstone of our mission,” explained Michael Parker, Executive Director of the Oregon 529 College Savings Network. “We want to celebrate education throughout Oregon, and what better way to do that than to highlight the amazing creativity and dedication of the educators in our schools.”

Nominations may come from any Oregon resident, including students, parents, administrators or anyone who has the opportunity to observe an effective educator in action. Nominations for the fall term must be received by November 15, 2012; winter term by February 1, 2013; and spring term by April 15, 2013.

To submit a nomination, visit OregonCollegeSavings.com/EducationCelebration and describe why that educator should be recognized. Nominations must include three specific examples of how the educator inspires learning, such as, but not limited to, innovative teaching techniques, use of technology or unique lesson planning.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Visit OregonCollegeSavings.com for official rules, prize details and to submit a nomination. Sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan.

About The Oregon College Savings Plan
The Oregon College Savings Plan, which is part of the Oregon 529 College Savings Network, launched in January 2001 and has grown to more than $750 million in assets as of June 30, 2012. Since 2010, the plan has been managed by TIAA‐CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. An account can be opened for as little as $25 or $15 per pay period by payroll deduction. For more information about the Oregon College Savings Plan, its investment options and how to enroll, visit OregonCollegeSavings.com or call toll free 866‐772‐8464.

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