What Is Money Smart Week Washington?

Money Smart Week Washington (April 21-28, 2018) is part of a national Money Smart Week public awareness campaign that aims to help consumers better manage their personal finances by offering free programs, classes and activities to consumers of all ages. See proclamation (pdf) from Governor Inslee.

These non-promotional, information-only educational events are carried out by financial institutions, non-profit groups, government agencies, schools, libraries and more.

Financial Literacy Reading Days

The Jump$tart Washington Coalition — a non-profit coalition dedicated to financial education for K-12 children — is sponsoring Financial Literacy Reading Days in Washington classrooms during Washington Financial Capability Month – in conjunction with Washington Money Smart Week April 21-28.

This program provides a venue for community leaders to step out of their offices and into one of their city’s elementary schools to read a financial education story to Washington youth.

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This year's book is called "Ella Earns Her Own Money," written by Lisa Bullard. Ella wants to buy a new soccer ball she saw at the store, but doesn't have the money. She starts taking up jobs from her neighbors in order to earn her own money to buy the soccer ball.

How To Participate In Reading Days

All community leaders are invited to participate. The visit time would be approximately 30-45 minutes in the classroom.

For more information, email Katrina Roy at Katrina.Roy@dfi.wa.gov

Get Involved

Consider hosting a financial education activity, workshop, or event during Money Smart Week. It's a great week to bring attention to the importance of financial education.

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If You Do Host An Event:

  1. Become a Money Smart Week partner - Sign Up Online.
  2. Add your event to the Money Smart Week calendar
  3. Use the resources in the partner toolkit on the Money Smart Week to help organize and promote your event.

Money Smart Week Calendar

To view Money Smart Week events happening around Washington and the country visit Money Smart Week Calendar

Toolkits

Partner Kit

This kit provides a comprehensive overview as well as tactical planning documents to guide partners throughout the planning process. From history and talking points; to recommended planning timelines; this document provides partners with everything they need to successfully participate in Money Smart Week.

Media Kit

This kit includes history and talking points, sample press releases, web content and more. Documents and information can be easily added to any organizations own media messages regarding Money Smart Week.