Friday, March 10, 2017

Reading Days for Kids

Not sure if SPS is doing this but it doesn't look like it has to be a district-based activity. Let your teacher know if you'd like a "superstar" in your classroom.
Financial Capability Month & Money Smart Week Reading Days
Governor Inslee has proclaimed the month of April to be Financial Capability Month and April 22-29 to be Money Smart Week (MSW). Money Smart Week is a national campaign focused on providing financial education to consumers at all income levels with free events held throughout the country. In 2016, 48 states participated in MSW, holding over 5,000 events with 174,000 consumer participants around the country. The Department of Financial Institutions is a proud partner of Money Smart Week and is bringing two interactive events to Washington State elementary classrooms.
As part of Financial Capability Month and MSW, the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and Jump$tart WA coordinate the Reading Days Program. Started in 2009, the Reading Days are an opportunity to introduce financial education into classrooms all over Washington. Local “Superstars” in each city-mayors, city council members, and school board members-volunteer to go into their local elementary schools and read a story to a class, or two, that has a financial education based story line. Books in the past have included “The King’s Chessboard,” the Berenstain Bears “Trouble with Money,” “Rock, Brock and the Savings Shock” by former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, and “The Millionaires Kids Club – Penny Power” by Susan Beacham and Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. After the reading, the volunteer will lead students in an activity that further explores the financial concept from the story. DFI does all the coordinating and scheduling, all you have to do is send in an email stating you would like to participate! 
If you would like to hold a Reading Day in your classroom during the month of April, email Katrina Roy at Katrina.roy@dfi.wa.gov to schedule a date and find a volunteer reader.  For more information on Money Smart Week, or if you’re interested in becoming a partner, visit http://www.moneysmartweek.org/. 

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