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Texas Trust Helps North Texas Schools Earn a Million Dollars
Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:00 AM

Texas Trust CU Spirit Cardholders
Texas Trust Credit Union President and CEO Jim Minge addressed Spirit Cardholders during the One Million Brighter celebration.

Thousands of students, parents, and the faculty of multiple school districts were whooping and hollering at the One Million Brighter event as they celebrated the achievement of a million dollars in giving from Texas Trust Credit Union.

The One Million Brighter event marked the $1 million milestone of Texas Trust's Spirit Debit Reward program. Through Texas Trust's Spirit Debit Reward card, five school districts have collected one million dollars since the inception of the program in August 2011. The transaction that took the program to this landmark level was scored in late November.

The One Million Brighter celebration took place at the University of Texas at Arlington College Park Center during the UTA vs. UNT basketball game. The stadium was full of Spirit Reward cardholders that cheered on Texas Trust as well as the UTA Mavericks. The festivities included an array of pre-game and halftime activities. Students from each school took part performing with the UTA band, cheer, and dance teams during the game.

From August 2011 through November 30, 2015, Texas Trust has given $1,007,520 to schools through the Spirit Reward card. Each school has a custom-designed debit card and receives 10 cents each time their cardholders use the Spirit Debit Reward card to make a purchase. The schools receive a check each month based on the previous month's card usage and can spend the money as they wish.

"The funds we receive from the Spirit Reward card support campus life, which is very important to the students," said Susan Hull, superintendent of Grand Prairie Independent School District. "The Spirit card provides enrichment and many rewarding experiences that the operating budget cannot afford."

Grand Prairie ISD has used Spirit Reward money to provide field trips, SAT prep classes, pizza parties, graduation stoles and cords for honor graduates, student activity buses to transport fans to playoff basketball and football games, and more.

Grand Prairie ISD, which has eight different Spirit card designs and styles, has received more than $435,000 from Texas Trust. Mansfield ISD has earned nearly $300,000 for its eight Spirit cards, followed by Cedar Hill, earning more than $175,000 with one Spirit card. DeSoto has received $22,000 and Athens nearly $71,000.

"The Spirit card provides an opportunity for the Cedar Hill community to support our schools through our partnership with Texas Trust," said Orlando Riddick, Cedar Hill ISD superintendent. "The funds help support creative and innovative initiatives for our students."

View videos from the One Million Brighter celebration.

View interviews of school officials about the Spirit Debit Reward Program.

About Texas Trust Credit Union
Texas Trust, one of the largest credit unions in North Texas and the 18th largest in Texas, 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. Texas Trust is a federally insured financial institution with assets of $895 million. For more information, visit