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AMOCO and Texas Citizens Bank to Help Send 2 Students to Nation's Capital
Friday, January 27, 2017 7:00 AM

Group with Students
Pictured (left to right) – Kaitlyn Thompson, Communities in Schools Bay Area Coordinator; J.P. Morris, Texas Citizens Bank; Jorge; Bryan; Joshua Ryding, AMOCO Federal Credit Union.

League City, Texas-based AMOCO Federal Credit Union and Texas Citizens Bank have united to help send two fifth-graders from League City Elementary to Washington, DC, this March.

Bryan and Jorge, the lucky two chosen to attend this year’s trip, are fifth-graders who have been studying the U.S. capitol and political system and will now get to experience first-hand what they have learned. The trip will include visits to the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Capitol Building, and the Smithsonian, among others.

According to the Communities in Schools (CIS) Bay Area Coordinator Kaitlyn Thompson, these students are more than deserving of this trip and will value the experience for the rest of their lives.

CIS is a nationwide organization implemented into schools with high percentages of children from low-income families. League City Elementary currently has 90 students enrolled in the CIS program, which is about 15 percent of the student body. Thompson knew Jorge and Bryan would greatly benefit from the trip but are financially unable to pay for it.

The cost per student totaled $1,300. Initially, this was a farfetched idea, knowing that a $1,300 leisure trip would not be in budget for the students’ families. “I got really excited about trying to figure it out, because it’s a privilege not a priority, but for me, it felt like a priority,” Thompson said.

The boys’ parents contributed a total of $900. Knowing $1,700 remained, Thompson reached out to League City Chamber members, Joshua Ryding with AMOCO and J.P. Morris with Texas Citizens Bank. AMOCO committed $450, and Texas Citizens Bank committed $750. For the remaining $525, Thompson will be reaching out to community supporters.

For the boys, this will be their first time on a plane and their first time in Washington, DC. They hope to see the President and are excited to share their experience with their families and classmates. Ultimately, Thompson hopes to raise awareness for this opportunity, so next year they will be able to send more students.

Financial differences aside, AMOCO was ecstatic to donate with Texas Citizens Bank for Bryan and Jorge’s benefit. “Texas Citizens Bank and AMOCO would like to set an example of stakeholders in a community coming together for the greater good of its children,” Morris said.

AMOCO Federal Credit Union is a member-owned cooperative organization. AMOCO’s mission is: To Serve and Satisfy Our Members, and has done just that for more than 79 years. AMOCO strives to provide the best products and services available to its members by offering low loan rates and little to no fees. For more information, please visit amocofcu.org.