Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Washington Elementary Classrooms Sought for Financial Literacy 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 classrooms April 21-28 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 will also 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 Attorney General Rob McKenna, Washington State Treasurer James L McIntire, mayors, legislators and city council members.

The visit time would be approximately 30-45 minutes in the classroom.

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 23-27 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.

For more information contact Lyn Peters at lyn.peters@dfi.wa.gov or 360-902-8731.