Welcome to Reading is an Investment

Reading is an Investment

Reading is an Investment is a free literacy and financial education program sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan.

Reading is an Investment is designed to:

  • Highlight the importance of reading among elementary school children throughout the state of Oregon
  • Teach kids about money and basic financial concepts
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How it works

  • Entrants are encouraged to enroll their children in the Reading is an Investment program as part of a classroom project or on their own.
  • Refer to the Reading List for suggestions about what to read.
  • Complete an entry form/reading log on behalf of the child. Enter online below or mail an entry form to: Oregon College Savings Plan, C/O FULFILLMENT CENTER, 905 NW 17TH AVE, PORTLAND, OR 97209-9910. Click here to download the entry form in Spanish.
  • A prize packet and certificate of achievement will be awarded for each reading log submitted (one per child please).
  • Entrants will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win one of 50 $529 Oregon College Savings Plan accounts (10 per each of the five congressional districts).
  • Each winner’s school will also win $500 (one prize per school).

Who is eligible?

  • Entrants must submit an entry on behalf of a child in an Oregon public elementary school in grades K-5 (one entry per child).
  • A person submitting an entry must be a legal resident of the State of Oregon and at least 18 years old.


  • A prize packet and a certificate of achievement will be awarded to each Entrant submitting a reading log.
  • A $529 Oregon College Savings Plan account will be awarded to 50 randomly selected Entrants (10 per each of the five Congressional Districts).
  • The school of each winner will also receive a $500 award (one prize per school).

Additional information for teachers & librarians

Two books have been donated by the Oregon College Savings Plan to all public elementary school libraries in the state:

  • Earning Excitement by Paul Nourigat
  • Isabel’s Car Wash by Sheila Bair

The books are tied to the Oregon standards for Math, Language Arts and Social Sciences and were selected based on their ability to convey a variety of financial lessons:

  • How to earn, save and spend money wisely
  • How money is circulated and its role in society
  • How to count money and make change
  • How credit and interest work
  • Money and entrepreneurism
To order additional materials (entry form, Reading List, lesson plans, posters or bookmarks), please contact Stephanie Swetland at 503-373-1903 or at reading.investment@ost.state.or.us.

Lesson Plans

Licensed teachers and librarians have developed grade-specific lesson plans for each book. Click on the books below to view each lesson plan.

  Earning excitement   Isabelle's Car Wash


Reading List

View or download the Reading List, which gives kids ideas about what to read.

How to Enter

There are two ways to enter:

Complete and submit the online form below

Obtain an entry form from your school, or download an entry form and mail to:

Oregon College Savings Plan
905 NW 17TH AVE
PORTLAND, OR 97209-9910

Spanish entry forms can be downloaded here.

Click here for official rules. Sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan.

Official online entry form

Reading Log
Click on each square to record your reading. Each square equals:

  • "Read to Me Kids" — 20 minutes
  • "Independent Reader Kids" — 40 minutes


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