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Columbus family given 529 college savings plan for newborn

(Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM) (Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The first baby born Monday at Midtown Medical Center is starting off its life more than $1,500 richer.

Columbus Regional Health teamed up with the state's “Path-to-College 529 Plan.”

They paid the first family that gave birth at the hospital Monday, on 5/29, $1,529.

We learned Tuesday that those lucky recipients were Abyra Murray and Montavius Sherrod who gave birth to Kylen Adriel Sherrod.

This money must go towards a college savings plan.

“It is an awesome experience and many times the families are very overwhelmed as we saw today and it’s really a good feeling to know that there is a child who already has a college savings plan, there's no telling what lies ahead in the future,” said Mitch Seabaugh, Executive Director of Path to College 529 Plan.

It's all part of an initiative to teach families about the importance of saving for the future.

Monday was known nationally as "529 College Savings Day" and states across the country are participating.

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