Subscribe To Our Blog

Email Updates
To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Washington Elementary Classrooms Sought for Reading Days

The Jump$tart Washington Coalition — a non-profit coalition dedicated to financial literacy for K-12 children — is sponsoring Financial Literacy Reading Days in Washington elementary classrooms April 20-27 during Washington Money Smart Week.

The program provides a venue for community leaders to step out of their offices and into one of their city’s elementary schools to read a financial education story to Washington youth. Previous Reading Days books have included “The King’s Chessboard,” the Berenstain Bears “Trouble With Money” and “Rock, Brock and the Savings Shock” by former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair.

Each community leader also will lead students in an activity that more fully explores the concepts raised in the book: such as the importance of and power in saving, compound interest, investing, donating, working for money, not spending more than you have, etc.

Previous community leaders have included Washington State Treasurer James L. McIntire, mayors, legislators and city council members. The visit time would be approximately 30-45 minutes in the classroom.

How to Participate

1) If you are interested in having a community leader read to one of your elementary classes, please select two dates during the school week of April 22-26 and two times for each day and Jump$tart will work to secure a community leader to bring a Financial Literacy Reading Day to your school.

2) Contact Lyn Peters at the Department of Financial Institutions by emailing or calling (360) 902-8731.