West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue and the SMART529 Educational Savings Program joined West Virginia Public Broadcasting today to launch a new educational partnership with Cabell County Public Library in Huntington.
Inquire Within is a year-long collaboration among SMART529, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Cabell County Public Library to increase early childhood literacy. The partnership will provide Cabell County Public Library with free learning resources for young patrons including virtual events, educational curriculum and educator outreach support. Additionally, the library will receive a supply cart stocked with Inquire Within educational games, puzzles, books, DVDs and electronic learning devices.
“We are excited to partner with Cabell County Public Library and West Virginia Public Broadcasting to offer hands-on, family-centered activities to the community,” said Treasurer Perdue. “This initiative offers young children an opportunity to engage, explore and create with quality educational resources.”
Monday’s launch party included a “Grab and Go” event for patrons who were able to drive up to the library to receive a free goodie bag with information and other resources about Inquire Within.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Cabell County Public Library and the State Treasurer’s Office,” said WVPB Education Director, Kelly Griffith. “Inquire Within is an impactful program designed to support early literacy, STEM and family engagement. We are excited to bring this to Cabell County Public Library and look forward to the wonderful events this collaboration will offer children and families in the community.”
Other events celebrating the Inquire Within partnership will take place the entire week of Oct. 5-9, 2020. Activities include a SMART529 piggy bank painting party, a story hour and crafts. Reservations must be made for all in-person events by calling the library at 304.528.5700. For a full list of activities visit WV Treasury or Cabell County Public Library on Facebook.
“This partnership is the perfect fit for our SMART529 program which encourages children to dream big and make education a life-long goal,” said Treasurer Perdue.
SMART529, a program of the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office, is West Virginia’s 529 tax-advantaged savings plan. It’s designed to encourage families to save for qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition, fees, equipment and supplies. SMART529 savings may be used at colleges, universities and trade schools around the nation. *It may also be used for K-12 tuition (up to $10,000 per student per year).
SMART529, West Virginia’s Educational Savings Solution, has more than 117,000 accounts with investments totaling over $2.7 billion. For more information on West Virginia’s SMART529 plans, visit www.SMART529.com