Reading Days

Money Smart Week Reading Days 2020

It’s time to plan this year’s Money Smart Week Reading Days event. Money Smart Week is a national weeklong campaign to be conducted this April 4-11. Money Smart Week is dedicated to reaching the public with free, non-promotional financial capability lessons throughout the U.S. Washington’s Money Smart Week ‘Reading Days’ reaches more than 1,000 students across Washington State. This educational event is sponsored by Jump$tart Washington, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions and the Financial Education Public Private Partnership.

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  or (360) 902-8789, from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Communications / Financial Education & Outreach.

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