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Cuyahoga County kindergartners to get savings accounts by end of the year
More than 10,000 students will each get $100 from the county to go towards college or vocational school
by WKSU's LYNDSEY SCHLEY


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Cuyahoga County kindergartners will each receive a $100 savings account.
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Cuyahoga County is offering 100 dollar college savings accounts for more than 10,000 current kindergartners by the end of the school year.

Ken Surratt is from the office of Cuyahoga County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald. He says the county wants to encourage parents of Cuyahoga County students to start thinking about post-secondary education early.

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Ed FitzGerald sponsored legislation to make the savings accounts.

"This is a program that will impact the lives of the county residents for years to come and really help create a culture of college attendance within the county."

Surratt says the county is funding the $2 million program with money saved by cutting county payroll. The accounts will be at KeyBank, and the program will run for at least five years.

Each child enrolled in a public kindergarten by Oct. 31 will qualify for the fund, and parents can add more money to each account.

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