[kids-lib] Reading is an Investment Goes through April 30th

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Wed Feb 26 08:41:34 PST 2014

I am forwarding this reminder on behalf of Stephanie Swetland who coordinates the Reading is an Investment program. -- Jen
Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

The Reading is an Investment (RII) program sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan is a great way to encourage students to read during Spring Break. Parent/guardians who submit an entry form/reading log on behalf of a child are automatically entered into a drawing to win one of 50 Oregon College Savings Plan accounts, worth $529 each. Additionally, the schools of winning entrants will receive $500.
The RII program aims to promote literacy and financial education among K-5 elementary students in Oregon. Annually, two books are featured, and this year they are Earning Excitement by Paul Nourigat and Isabel's Car Wash by Sheila Bair. The books are tied to the applicable state standards, with class activities designed around these standards. Lesson plans are available for use in the classroom, and teachers can access them at ReadingIsAnInvestment.com<http://ReadingIsAnInvestment.com>, as is the full recommended reading list.
The biggest program component is encouraging kids to read or be read to, and the books should relate to money and finances. Students are encouraged to read at least 3 books from the recommended reading list.  Their time is tracked in increments of 20 (read-to-me kids) or 40 (independent readers) minutes on the entry form/reading log.
For entrants to be eligible for one of the $529 Oregon College Savings Plan accounts, their entries must be postmarked by April 30 and received by May 5, 2014. Online entries must be submitted by April 30.
Spanish entry forms are available online. To access them or get more information about the Reading is an Investment program, please visit ReadingIsAnInvestment.com<http://ReadingIsAnInvestment.com>. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Stephanie Swetland at 503.373.1903 or reading.investment at ost.state.or.us<mailto:reading.investment at ost.state.or.us>.
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.

Stephanie Swetland
529 Plan Specialist
Oregon 529 College Savings Network
Tel:  503-373-1903
Fax:  503-373-7933

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