Reading is an Investment is a literacy and financial education program for all public elementary schools in Oregon. It is a statewide program designed to highlight the importance of reading and teaching young children about money and basic financial concepts. It is sponsored in partnership by State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and the Oregon College Savings Plan
The program has two components:
Book donation: Every October new books are donated to all public elementary school libraries in the state. The books teach a variety of financial lessons and are tied to the State Math, Language Arts and Social Sciences Standards adopted by the State Board of Education. We work with licensed teachers and librarians to align the books to the State standards and develop grade-specific curricula for each book, so it is easy for teachers to use them in the classroom.
In selecting these books, we worked with teachers and librarians and identified a list of books that teach financial lessons appropriate for elementary school-age children. We chose books that teach a variety of financial lessons, such as working to earn money, saving money, spending money wisely, how money circulates and the role it plays in our society, counting money and making change, and lessons around entrepreneurship, credit, and interest.
Reading program: Children can participate in the reading program in two ways: (1) as a class project with teacher involvement, or (2) individually, outside of the classroom. A recommended reading list is provided. After completing the program, children receive a certificate of achievement from the State Treasurer, fun prizes, and information about the Oregon College Savings Plan. In addition, children who complete the program are entered into a drawing to receive one of 50 $500 Oregon College Savings Plan accounts, awarded every April. Plus $500 will be awarded to the winner's school.
This is an annual program beginning in October of each year. It is available to all public elementary schools in Oregon at no cost. We hope this program will highlight the importance of these lessons and will provide teachers with additional resources to support the teaching of them.
For more information about Reading is an Investment, please visit treasury.oregon.gov or call the State Treasurer’s office at 503-378-4329.