The Vermont State Treasurer's Office first introduced the Reading is an Investment program to Vermont schools in 2010. The program promotes the teaching of personal finance to elementary school children by providing quality children's books that explore financial subjects to participating schools.The program offers students in kindergarten through 6th grades the opportunity to learn about money and basic financial concepts. Off-the-shelf resources give librarians and teachers tools that they can use to help students make the connection between these stories and their individual lives.
This year's theme was “Creative Ideas Pay Off.” You can access all of the lesson plans here.
In The Bridge of the Golden Wood, by Karl Beckstrand, students learn about how entrepreneurs channel their creativity into ideas and solutions, how goods and services are interrelated, and the correlation between expenses and sales.
Barbara deRubertis’s book, Count on Pablo, tells the story of a young person and his grandmother as they develop a strategy to market their products for sale.
In The Soda Bottle School, by Laura Kutner and Suzanne Slade, students learn about evaluating wants and needs and opportunity cost.
Congratulations to the 2018 winners of the Reading is an Investment Program! These students were each awarded with $250 College Savings Accounts from VSAC, the winners included:
Elise Furlow, Barton Academy and Graded School
Elliott Ziegerhofer, Cambridge Elementary School
Emma Stearns, Champlain Elementary School
Ellie Merkel, Fair Haven Grade School
Peyton Notte, Fair Haven Grade School
Cody Powers, Franklin Central School
Patrick Lenahan, Franklin Central School
Connor McNamara, Mary Hogan School
Brandy Bishop, Mary Hogan School
Kassidy Brown, Mary Hogan School
Arielle Barone, Moretown School
Riley Volk, Morristown Elementary School
Kloie Loukes, Newport City Elementary School
Zoe Vincent, Newport City Elementary School
Dean Carroll, Rutland Town School
Zofia Kosakowski, Samuel Morey ELementary School
Tell Me About the Program
The program takes a two-prong approach to promoting financial literacy -- class or library instruction and personal reading. Each fall, participating elementary schools receive three new hardback books. Lesson plans and activities are included with the books to teach money concepts. At the same time, students are encouraged to participate in a personal financial literacy reading program. School librarians receive a recommended money reading list that highlights books that focus on basic financial concepts. Students who read at least three books from the list and complete personal reading requirements can send a completed reading log to the Treasurer's office for entry in a statewide drawing for one of twenty $250 accounts in the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan -- Vermont's official 529 college savings plan. Winning students are honored at an annual ceremony in Montpelier.
Each year, the Treasurer's office holds a Financial Literacy Awards Ceremony in Montpelier to recognize student achievement.
We have archived all past materials for continued use by both school personnel and parents. See the Lesson Archive under Reading is an Investment on the left.
Please Thank Our Supporters
This program would not be possible without the financial support of the TD Bank Charitable Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and Comcast. These organizations contribute funds to the Financial Literacy Trust Fund and provide the underwriting support for the program. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation provides all of the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan prizes.