Students invited to Dream Big



HARTFORD — The sixth annual CHET Dream Big! Competition is underway.

The competition features two entry categories based on grade level. Students in grades kindergarten through third grade are asked to submit an original drawing that answers the question, “What do I want to do after I go to college?” Fourth- and fifth-graders are asked to write an essay that responds to the question, “How will I change the world after I go to college?”

Three grand prizes of $1,000 CHET 529 college savings accounts will be awarded.

The three $1,000 grand prize winners will be chosen from all entries. One winner each will be chosen in grades kindergarten through fifth. Forty-eight winners (six per county) will be awarded a $500 CHET account. Twelve statewide winners representing Connecticut’s Review and Turnaround Schools also will be awarded a $500 CHET account.

Entries are judged on five criteria: creativity, originality, portrayal of theme, spelling and grammar. Winners will be announced and recognized during a ceremony in May.

The competition also has a new feature to encourage teachers to have their students participate in the program. The school with the highest number of entries will win $500, and the 10 teachers who submit the greatest number of entries will win an iPad mini for their classroom.

Students who don’t enter through their school can enter on their own. Entry forms and materials can be downloaded at