Money Reads

Money Reads
Submitted by Andy Vanhook
Author: Erin Flynn, Daily News-Record
Many students graduating from college face staggering amounts of debt.
Lynne Stover, literary coordinator of the Reading Makes Cent$ program, said a few books could help change that.
This month, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County’s 20 elementary schools are each receiving about three dozen books that focus on money and making financial choices.
The literature was donated from Reading Makes Cent$, a financial literacy reading program available to elementary school students and librarians across the state of Virginia. The program, which seeks to teach students in kindergarten through fifth grade about economic concepts, is presented by the Virginia529 Savings Plan and the Virginia Council for Economic Education. The program also receives support from the Virginia Association of School Librarians.
“Our goal is to have kids learn about personal finance young. … When they graduate college, some of these kids are in debt up to their eyeballs, and some of that could have been avoided if they had known about finances,” said Stover, who picked out the books.
The Reading Makes Cent$ program began collecting funds for the books in November. By last week, $10,500 had been raised.
Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, a non-profit that aims to promote economic literacy, donated $5,000.
The Bridgewater Rotary Club, Broadway-Timberville Rotary Club, Harrison-burg-Massanutten Rotary Club, Harrisonburg Rotary Club and Rockingham Rotary Club also contributed.
“The idea is that these books will be promoted to these students and used in the classroom and in the libraries,” Stover said. “These are all fun books.”
On Monday, four students from John Wayland Elementary School helped put bookplates into the new books. Each bookplate lists the organizations that provided funding for the literature.
“They told us to put a sticker in the middle,” said fourth-grader Ty Sharpe, 10, of Timberville. “Mine already had a thing inside of it; so, I had to go back and get another one.”
Fourth-grader Sam Post, 10, of Broadway, said the literature will help educate readers.
“So you can make choices when you get older,” said the son of Derek Post and Monica Johns.