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Student Designed Artwork to be Featured on Texas Trust Debit Card
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 5:00 AM


Artwork by Tiffany Nguyen, a fifth grade student at Garner Fine Arts Academy in Grand Prairie, will soon be appearing in the wallets of hundreds of debit cardholders supporting the Grand Prairie ISD Education Foundation.

Nguyen’s design was selected as the featured artwork for the new Grand Prairie ISD Education Foundation Spirit Debit Reward card. Her art was chosen from 242 entries submitted by GPISD students in kindergarten through fifth grade as part of the Texas Trust CU Spirit Debit Reward card Design Contest.

The new card design was recently unveiled during a special event at Texas Trust CU’s Grand Prairie branch on Camp Wisdom Road. Superintendent Dr. Hull publicly recognized Nguyen for her award winning art at the unveiling ceremony.

More than 240 entries were received from more than 25 elementary schools within GPISD. An independent panel of judges selected six finalists, which included an entry from each grade level (K-5). Each finalist's artwork was posted on Facebook, where students, parents, teachers, and the community voted for their favorite design. More than 17,998 votes were cast on Facebook, and those votes were combined with the scores of the judges to determine the final winner.

Nguyen's design received the top combined score. Her design will be featured on the GPISD Education Foundation Spirit Debit Card, which is used by school officials, administrators, and community supporters to help raise money for the foundation. Every use of the GPISD Education Foundation Spirit Debit Reward Card will earn 15 cents from Texas Trust.

"Schools in Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, Mansfield, and Athens, have earned nearly $255,000 in the last two years through their school Spirit Debit Reward Cards," said Jim Minge, CEO of Texas Trust CU. "The art on each Spirit card has been designed by a student, which promotes school spirit and pride."

The new GPISD Education Foundation debit card is available to any member of Texas Trust. In addition to the GPISD Education Foundation Spirit Reward Debit card, each of Grand Prairie's four high schools offers a student-designed Spirit card. GPISD schools have earned $98,227 since the inception of the Spirit Debit Reward card program. The schools receive a monthly check for the money earned.