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Nevada College Kick Start Accounts Expandable and Available at 2nd Annual Opportunity Alliance Family College Night

Claire Sorrenson, 1:1 Fund,
Amy Nelson, Opportunity Alliance,

Date: October 22, 2014

Reno, NV – More than 70,000 Nevada public school kindergarten and 1st grade students now have a college savings account thanks to the continuation of the Nevada College Kick Start Program.

Starting in 2013, the College Kick Start Program has deposited $50 into an account in the name of each Nevada public school 2013-15 kindergarten student to help them save for college.

On October 29, kindergarten and 1st grade students have the chance to add another $50 to their Nevada College Kick Start accounts when they attend the 2nd Annual Opportunity Alliance Family College Night, Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5-7pm at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno.

Thanks to generous support of the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s 1:1 Fund, each person who opens a new SSgA Upromise 529 college savings account for an eligible Kindergarten or 1st grade student during Family College Night will earn an extra $50 in their existing College Kick Start account. Attendees also have the chance to win a $529 college savings account through generous a donation by the Nevada State Treasurer’s Office.

Nevada State Treasurer, Kate Marshall, established the Nevada College Kick Start program in 2013, the first statewide children’s savings account program in the nation. “Studies have shown that children who know they have a college savings account in their name are 7 times more likely to attend an institution of higher learning. Even a small amount of savings improves a child’s determination and preparedness for college and higher education, regardless of family income, ethnicity, or the educational attainment of the child’s parents,” commented Marshall.

Family College Night is free and open to all Washoe County School District students and their families. Information about other college savings options will be available at the Family College Night. Free dinner, with ice cream provided by Model Dairy, and kids activities will be available. Family College Night includes free transportation, provided by the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, to and from the event from the following select schools, beginning at 4:30 PM until 7:30PM:

  • Booth Elementary School
  • Lincoln Park Elementary School
  • Corbett Elementary School
  • Kate Smith Elementary School
  • Lemelson Elementary School
  • Veterans Elementary School

Additional information about Family College Night is available through all Washoe County School District schools, their counselors, Principals and kindergarten class teachers. Information about Nevada College Kick Start's program through the 1:1 Fund can be found here.