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Arlington ISD Joins the Texas Trust Spirit Debit Reward Program
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 7:00 AM

Arilington ISD Joins Texas Trust Spirit Debit Reward
Jim Minge, president of Texas Trust CU (left), and Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, superintendent of schools for Arlington ISD, at the One Million Brighter event, celebrating the success of the Spirit Debit Reward program.

Spirit Card now offered in all school districts in Texas Trust's membership area

Arlington Independent School District (AISD), the 11th largest school district in the state, has signed on as a Spirit Debit Reward partner of Texas Trust Credit Union. The school district will earn 10 cents every time a cardholder uses an Arlington ISD Spirit Debit card.

Texas Trust has designed six unique cards, one for each of Arlington's traditional high schools. Money raised from the Spirit Reward card will be used to help fund a new outdoor performing arts area, which is scheduled to be built within the next nine months.

Arlington ISD is the sixth school district to join the Spirit Debit Reward program since its inception in 2011. Texas Trust has donated more than a million dollars to its current school district partners based on the number of times the Spirit cards have been used.

In the four years that the Spirit Debit Reward card program has been offered, Texas Trust has found that cardholders in the program use their cards four to five times more than cardholders with a traditional debit card.

"Texas Trust has continuously demonstrated a sincere interest in the success of Arlington's schools and students," said Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, superintendent of schools for Arlington ISD. "This program offers our employees, parents, and the community a tool to manage their money while simultaneously benefiting our students."

Arlington ISD will receive funds based on the Spirit card usage. The cards are available to any current member of Texas Trust or to new members who open a checking account with the credit union. There is no fee for the Spirit Debit Reward card, and it can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted.

"We are excited to have a role in funding the new outdoor performance area for Arlington ISD," said Jim Minge, CEO of Texas Trust Credit Union. "The Spirit card allows us to give a portion of our earnings to the community, which is part of our mission of building brighter financial futures."

About Arlington ISD
Arlington ISD is the 11th largest school district in Texas with more than 8,500 employees and 64,000 students in pre-k through high school. The district has 54 elementary schools, 11 junior high schools, and 10 senior high schools. Its partnerships with Tarrant County College and UT Arlington offer AISD high school students the ability to earn college credit while attending high school. The Arlington ISD is a public school district in north Texas serving more than 64,000 students. The boundaries encompass most of the city of Arlington, Dalworthington Gardens, Pantego, and sections of Grand Prairie. Visit www.aisd.net for more information.

About Texas Trust Credit Union
Texas Trust, one of the largest credit unions in North Texas and the 18th largest in Texas, has assets of $895 million, and operates in Dallas, Tarrant, and Henderson counties, as well as parts of Ellis and Johnson counties. It has 15 branches in Mansfield, Grand Prairie, Arlington, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Hurst, and Athens. For more information, visit TexasTrustCU.org.