Reading Days

Money Smart Week Reading Days 2020

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In recognition of our state’s effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Financial Institutions is cancelling reader visits to schools during Money Smart Week this year. We have offered an alternative to teachers to use a prepared lesson plan and read the book to their students themselves. 

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Reading Days give our community leaders and volunteers a chance to step into local schools and take time with students to read a storybook with a financial education theme. This year’s book is called “Sam and the Lucky Money” by Karen Chinn. This book tells the story of a young Chinese-American boy faced with spending his New Year’s gift money, ending with the traditional message of how it is better to give than receive. As part of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Money As You Grow Bookshelf, “Sam and the Lucky Money” also comes with a parent guide teachers can use to follow up in the classroom, or for students to take home for additional discussions.

Washington’s Money Smart Week Reading Days (offered March 23-April 24) provides a great opportunity to join the cause in teaching children the importance of financial capability.  Check out the 2019 Reading Days Final Report.

Here’s how you can participate:

To participate in the 2020 Reading Days, contact Melody Cahill at melody.cahill@dfi.wa.gov  or (360) 902-8789, from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Communications / Financial Education & Outreach.


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