With each elimination drawing in the Make Kids Count contest, parents become more anxious and, at the same time, more excited when their child advances.
"I'm astonished. I just never thought we could win in a contest of this magnitude," said Chris Wethal, of Grovetown, whose daughter, Ashley, has advanced in the drawings. "I consider being any part of this a blessing."
Ashley is among the four children who have advanced in the Make Kids Count drawing for the 4- to 8-year-old category held at the Morris Museum of Art on Nov. 28. The following have also advanced: Dale Price, Grovetown; Hannah Mills, North Augusta; and Jordan Crawford, Augusta.
They have won at least a $500 scholarship bond each and have a one in four chance of winning the $10,000 scholarship bond.
"I think this is great for anyone who wins. Education is getting more expensive, so any amount that can go towards it is a blessing," said Ashley's mother, Jeanine. "It's truly a blessing."
The Chronicle and its sponsors have awarded more than $340,000 in scholarship bonds to area children in Make Kids Count, which is in its fifth year. Sponsors for the drawings are: Champion Windows, Ashley Furniture Home Store, Knology, Platt's Funeral Home, Branum's Sewing and Vacuum Superstore and Partners in Achievement.
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