[kids-lib] FW: [oasl-all] [Elementary] Reading is an Investment Program Has Begun

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Nov 6 08:58:57 PST 2012

Posted on behalf of Jen Maurer:

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This year’s Reading is an Investment (RII) program launched in late October. Sponsored by the State Treasurer and the Oregon College Savings Plan, it aims to promote literacy and financial education among K-5 elementary students in Oregon.

As part of RII, your elementary school library will receive two free books: Three Cups by Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain and Spending Success by Paul Nourigat. Homeschoolers and students in private elementary schools are welcome to participate, but they do not receive donated books.
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The biggest program component is encouraging kids to read or be read to, and the books should relate to money and finances. Students must read at least 3 books from the recommended reading list, and they will track their time in increments of 20 (read-to-me kids) or 40 (independent readers) minutes. Participants may fill out a reading log up to 10 times, and each submitted log counts as an entry for the Oregon College Savings Plan drawing.

For resources such as curriculum tie-ins and the recommended reading list, visit http://www.oregon.gov/treasury/Reading/Pages/Teachers-and-Librarians.aspx.
The second page of the reading log has a detailed explanation of how to participate. http://www.oregon.gov/treasury/Reading/Documents/Reading%20Log.pdf
For students to be eligible for one of the fifty $500 college savings plan scholarships, their entries must be received by April 5, 2013. (Did you know that the winners’ schools also receives $500?)
Need the program information in Spanish?  http://www.oregon.gov/treasury/Reading/Documents/Reading%20Log%20Spanish%202013.pdf
If you have any questions about Reading is an Investment, contact the Office of the State Treasurer at 503.378.4329 or reading.investment at ost.state.or.us<mailto:reading.investment at ost.state.or.us>.
Recall that financial literacy is emphasized in the Oregon Social Sciences Standards which were adopted in 2011. http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1802 These are the three core financial literacy standards, which are then more specific by grade level:

·         Acquire the knowledge and economic reasoning skills to make sound personal financial decisions to meet long and short term goals.

·         Understand and apply key concepts of personal income potential, risk management, and investment.

·         Examine individual responsibility and the impact of decisions on personal, local, regional, national and global economies.

Finally, if your school really wants to focus on financial education, an option is to try combining Reading is an Investment with Banking on Our Future. http://www.bankingonourfuture.org/


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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