Lumberport Elementary School students honored for SMART 529 essay contest


Two Lumberport Elementary School students were honored Tuesday by State Treasurer John Purdue, D – W.Va.

Kindergartner Bentley Tonkery and fourth-grader Irissa Earnest were among 15 winners of the SMART529 when I grow up essay contest.

Tonkery wrote about becoming a scientist when he grows up while earnest wants to be an astronomer.

“I think parents has got to realize, in kindergarten, kids are already dreaming about what they want to be and that’s gonna tell you something about the importance of education and saving for education in the future of that child or grandchild,” said Perdue.

With the honor comes $1,000 for the school.

Since the contest started in 2007, Lumberport has produced seven winners.

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