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


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$tart at wajumpstart@gmail.com.
  • Jump$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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