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CUs Support Students and Local School Districts
Friday, August 22, 2014 6:55 AM

Back to School

Feeling that no child should have to go without, Coastal Community FCU has held a back-to-school bash every year since 2006. And as the need has grown, so has grown the number of backpacks filled with much-needed school supplies. Last Saturday, the Galveston, Texas-based credit union gave away 500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies.

“Back-to-school should be a time of excitement for children and their families, but for many, it’s a very stressful time because parents worry how they’re going to pay for everything on the school supply list. Often times, teachers end up taking money out of their own pockets to ensure their students have everything they need to be successful,” Coastal Community FCU CEO tells the Leaguer. “We just want to do our part to help.”

In addition to back-to-school supplies, the credit union’s Aug. 16 bash also featured free immunizations and eye screening, as well as the opportunity to register for a library card, and participate in fun activities like a bouncy house. The Lion’s Club provided the eye screening, and according to Gaylord, it was the first time they have offered this at the back-to-school bash. Some 87 children took advantage of the free eye screening.

Coastal Community FCU is of course not the only credit union to support local students. Texas Trust CU in Mansfield, Texas has just awarded the Grand Prairie independent school district's (GPISD) Education Foundation $10,000 for the class of 2015. Texas Trust presented the check to the GPISD Education Foundation at the school district's convocation event, marking the start of the new school year.

Scholarships will be awarded to 20 students attending the University of Texas at Arlington. Each student will receive $500 toward tuition or books. Student scholarship recipients will be selected by the Grand Prairie Education Foundation in the spring of 2015. Texas Trust CU has been a strong financial supporter of the foundation.

"Texas Trust is helping bring Dr. Carolyn Wicker's dream alive," said Bernie Ponzio, incoming president of the GPISD Education Foundation, speaking of the current board president. "Dr. Wicker's vision for the foundation has been to provide a scholarship to every student interested in attending college."