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Paducah Third-Grader Shares His Goal for Building Homes for Those in Need; His Family Wins $1,500 for College

The Challenge invited students in grades K-6 to submit an original poem, drawing, video or essay answering the question, “How will I change the world after college?” Julian, who attends Clark Elementary in Paducah, submitted a video describing how he has already started saving for college and wants to attend so he can learn how to build things for other people. “I think I’ll build houses for the poor or homeless,” Julian said. “When I see people who don’t have homes it makes me sad, so I’m going to end that.”

For his winning video, Julian’s school also received $500.

Julian was one of six students from across Kentucky whose families won the 2015 KESPT Dream Out Loud Challenge. More than 1,400 students from across Kentucky participated for a chance to win a KESPT college savings account. KESPT is Kentucky’s official state-sponsored 529 college savings plan, which was established in 1988 and is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

“The Dream Out Loud Challenge encourages children to think about their futures and explore different career paths,” said David Lawhorn, KESPT program administrator. “It also reminds parents and grandparents that it is never too early to start saving for college. Many families hope to see their child graduate from college someday, and KESPT is a 529 plan that can help them get there.”

A panel of local business executives, journalists and education professionals served as judges for the Dream Out Loud entries. Winning submissions will be displayed at kysaves.com.

His parents are Corey and Esther Julian. Congratulations, Jacob!

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