Reading Days

During Money Smart Week Washington, Jump$tart Washington is organizes Reading Days giving elected officials in Washington the chance to step out of their offices and into one of their city’s elementary schools to read a story to children about using money wisely, and encourage saving for the future. It’s a short, one hour commitment, to let children know it’s important for Washington families to make wise financial decisions. State elected officials such as the Treasurer and Attorney General, and mayors and council members from cities and towns across the state have participated. Previous Reading Days included events at:

  • Montlake Elementary with Attorney General Bob Ferguson

  • Naval Avenue Elementary with Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent 
  • Mullen Road Elementary with Spokane Councilwoman Nancy McLoughlin
  • East Olympia Elementary School
  • Point Defiance Elementary School

2019 Reading Days Final Report

This year we secured 27 readers scheduled to read in 45 classrooms, with 24 participating schools, and 34 participating teachers throughout the state.  The 2019 Numbers

  • 45 Classrooms – A number of participating schools combined their classrooms in a large meeting space such as in the library or gymnasium.  Some schools had entire grades attend a reading. 
  • More than 1200 students attended a Reading Day Event!
  • Reading Day Events were held in 13 cities across the state. 

Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler, Ellensburg Mayor Bruce Tabb, Othello Mayor Shawn Logan; Sedro Wooley City Council Member Karl de Jong; Island County Treasurer Wanda Grone; Retired Judge Karen Overstreet; and State Treasurer Duane Davidson, are among our notable reader volunteers.  We also welcomed state employee volunteers, who work with FEPPP, DOT, TRE, and OSPI – Tracy Godat, Amanda Putnam, Brenda Snyder, and Jerry Price.   Amy Hunter, DFI’s Director of Credit Unions volunteered to read as well.

Honorable mention goes to two high school teachers who brought their students into elementary schools to read.  Definitely a double-bonus for financial education!  Skip Fabritius from Olympia High School brought students from his Personal Finance Class into three classrooms at Pioneer Elementary School, reaching about 75 students.  Kevin Bolster, FEPPP Financial Fellow, Reardan High School brought his Business Class students into Reardan Elementary – where they read to 175 students!

A huge THANK YOU to FEPPP Financial Fellow – Suzanne Knutzen – who wrote a lesson plan that accompanied this year’s book on supply and demand, “Prices! Prices! Prices! Why They Go Up and Down.” By David A. Adler.   This was very helpful to our volunteer readers, and something we hope to repeat next year!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Check your calendar and choose a day the last week of April (Money Smart Week) between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm when you’d would be available to read or volunteer. RSVP your preferred date/time to Washington Jump$tart at
  • Jump$tart will assign you to a school in your city on your selected date. Time of day will be mutually determined by you and the school.
  • You will receive an outline of a short activity to encourage saving and a copy of the book you will read to the class (and leave as a gift to the school’s library).
  • Jump$tart will promote Financial Literacy Reading Day in your community and through region wide media outlets.
Your one hour commitment helps Washington children build a foundation for future wise financial decisions and provides an opportunity to showcase your support for a financially literate citizenry. We hope you will make it a priority to join us for a Financial Literacy Reading Day!

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