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Schools Receive $520,000 from Texas Trust Just by Using a Debit Card
Thursday, May 8, 2014 6:40 AM

Texas Trust CU

Texas Trust CU says its Spirit Debit Reward program has generated more than a half million dollars for local schools. From August 2011 through the end of March 2014, schools in the Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Athens school districts received $520,213 from the Mansfield-based credit union.

Since the beginning of this year, Texas Trust has donated more than $25,000 a month to participating schools. Each school has a custom-designed debit card. Schools receive 15 cents each time their school Spirit Debit Reward card is used to make a purchase. Within the five school districts, there are14 high schools, two administration offices, and one education foundation participating in the program.

So far in 2014, the schools have earned $77,826 compared to the first quarter of 2013, when they earned $50,141. The full-year 2013 total was $257,966. Among individual schools, Cedar Hill High School received the most in 2013, at $50,438, followed by Grand Prairie High School with $27,292 and Mansfield High School with $20,053. Schools receive a check each month based on the previous month's card usage. The schools are free to spend the money as they wish.

"Texas Trust continually supports the students and faculty of our schools," said Dr. Susan Hull, Grand Prairie ISD Superintendent of. "The Spirit card is an easy way for parents, teachers, and the community to support the school of their choice without having to do anything other than use a Spirit card to pay for gas, groceries, movies, or anything else they purchase."

Spirit Reward cardholders and schools can track how much money is being raised for each school from the Spirit Debit Reward Card online at Our Spirit In Action. The Spirit Debit Reward card is part of Texas Trust's Spirit in Action campaign, which rewards schools when members open checking accounts or take out auto loans, personal loans, or mortgages.