Reading is an investment

MANCHESTER - Manchester Elementary Middle School is one of 128 Vermont elementary schools participating in the Reading is an Investment program. The statewide program promotes the importance of reading and teaching children about personal finances. This is the fourth year of the program developed by the Vermont State Treasurer's Office and distributed to participating schools free-of-charge.

The educational focus for the 2013-2014 program is "Choices Have Costs and Benefits." The featured books are: "Betty Bunny Wants Everything" by Michael Kaplan; "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer; and "The Can Man," by Laura Williams.

School librarians receive a recommended money reading list highlighting books focusing on basic financial concepts. Students who read at least three books from the list and complete personal reading requirements fill out a log. MEMS Library/Media Specialist Ms. Georgeanne Bonifanti sends all logs to the treasurer's office for entry in a statewide drawing for one of twenty $250 accounts in Vermont's official 529 college savings plan. Last year, more than 3,900 students participated in this program.


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