Abingdon youngster serves as 'Zookeeper for a Day'

Susan Coyle of Abingdon recently won a Zookeeper for a Day Giveaway for her 2-year-old granddaughter, Cadence, that was sponsored by the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and College Savings Plans of Maryland.

As "Zookeeper for a Day," Cadence and her guests won a special behind-the-scenes zoo tour to meet and interact with Maryland Zoo keeper staff plus get exclusive access to animal care facilities. The family was also presented with an annual membership to The Maryland Zoo.

Coyle also received a $529 Maryland College Investment Plan for her granddaughter, courtesy of the College Savings Plans of Maryland, which was presented by Joan Marshall, College Savings Plans of Maryland executive director.

"At College Savings Plans of Maryland, our mission is to encourage Maryland families to start saving for their child's college education as early as possible, and we thank the Maryland Zoo for being a wonderful partner in promoting this message," Marshall said in a news release.

"We are happy that Ms. Coyle now has a Maryland College Investment Plan in place and a foundation to build upon for her granddaughter's future education," Marshall added.

The giveaway was part of a larger partnership between The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the College Savings Plans of Maryland, which also included a "529 Day Celebration" on June 1 during which the first 529 children to enter the zoo received the special admission price of only $5.29.

Founded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research.

More than 1,500 animals are represented in the zoo's varied natural habitat exhibits in areas such as Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children's Zoo. In Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. For more information, visit http://www.marylandzoo.org.

College Savings Plans of Maryland's enrollment kit is available online or by calling 1-888-4MD-GRAD.

Prospective enrollees are advised to carefully read the kit which describes the investment objectives, risks, expenses and other important information that you should consider before you invest in the College Savings Plans of Maryland. If you or your beneficiary live outside of Maryland, you should consider before investing whether your state or your beneficiary's state offer state tax or other benefits for investing in its 529 plan.

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