A trip to the library pays off for Owings Mills 8-year-old Girl wins $50,000 in national contest

February 27, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Like many 8-year-olds, Lindsey Frank has no idea where she wants to go to college. But her love of books has helped her win $50,000 to help pay for any school she chooses.

The third-grader from Chatsworth School in Reisterstown was the national grand prize winner in the Prudential JumpStart sweepstakes.

Winning was as easy as filling out the entry card inside JumpStart magazine -- a publication circulated to students through schools and libraries -- and returning it to her local library.

With her parents, her 6-year-old sister Alyssa and other family members looking on, the youngster shyly accepted a ceremonial check yesterday at the Baltimore County Library's Reisterstown branch where she turned in her winning entry card.

"I was excited," Lindsey said of being notified she was the winner of the contest, sponsored by The Prudential Insurance Company of America and Friends of Libraries U.S.A. "They called my mom and told her and she told me."

Needless to say, her parents were thrilled.

"It will definitely help Lindsey and her sister," said her father, Larry Frank, who plans to put the money away for both of his daughters' college tuitions. "This will help us continue a path we had planned on pursuing."

Lindsey's school and the Reisterstown library each will receive $1,000 for her winning.

Jane Core Turner, editor and publisher of JumpStart, said the aim of the contest was to inspire youngsters to visit their local libraries and get library cards. The publication with the entry form was distributed to 2.3 million homes, Ms. Turner said.

"There are so many problems in the education system and the solutions are right under our noses," she said. "Practically every child has a library in his or her area."

Lindsey has had a library card since she was 2 and loves to read mysteries. She often travels from her Owings Mills home to the Reisterstown library to check out her favorite books -- the Cam Jansen mysteries by David A. Adler.

Lindsey said she dreams of becoming a writer and has already completed three short books of her own about a group of hot dog people called the "Frankfooters." The award will help her achieve her career goal, her father said.

"Lindsey wanted to use part of the money to buy a computer, so that's what we did," Mr. Frank said. "She writes and designs her books on the computer."

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