What did you want to be when you were little?  Personally, I salivated over the possibility of running for President.   Still on my bucket list, though.  However, if your child has big dreams about their future, you should know about this contest happening right now.

Wilton Bulletin reports that The Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) launched their Dream Big! competition.  Kids in grades K through 8 need to answer this simple question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

4 Winners will earn a $1,000 contribution to their CHET college savings account.  44 additional winners will receive $500.

A total of $26,000 is up for grabs.  All because they dare to have big dreams about their future.

Cool, right?  And this exact contest will make sure they have a leg up in attaining those dreams.

So, here’s the guidelines.  Kids between kindergarten and third grade simply have to draw a picture.  They must depict what big dreams they want to reach after college.  And, yes, let their imaginations run wild.  Even if they do want to be the next President.

Kids between fourth and eighth grade should compose a 250 word essay about how they’ll change the world after college.

So, make sure you sit your kid down and have them work on their submission because the deadline is March 30th.

Teachers, you may want to inspire your students to participate.  The school with the most submissions will also receive a $500 prize.  Plus bragging rights.  That’s pretty cool, too.

There’s two ways to enter: online and via snail mail.  CHET allows contestants to upload their work right on their website.  But, should you prefer the old fashioned way, print off the submission form and send your entry to:

CHET Dream Big! Competition
P.O. Box 849
Groton, CT 06340

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