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RelyOn CU awards three teachers $1,000 classroom scholarships

by Cornerstone Credit Union League | Oct 08, 2019

RelyOn Credit Union in Dallas, Texas, has awarded $3,000 to three local teachers who applied for RelyOn’s first Classroom Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship was to provide teachers who have accounts at RelyOn the opportunity to supplement their classrooms with funds that they might not receive otherwise.

“Every teacher I’ve spoken to has said that they use their own funds to purchase supplies for their classroom,” said RelyOn’s CEO/President Sarah Spooner. “We saw a need in our local community, and while we would love to give every teacher $1,000, we wanted to help as much as we could.”

Applicants for the Classroom Scholarship were prompted to tell a little bit about themselves, how their students rely on them, and how they would use the $1,000 if selected. “We had our work cut out for us with so many applicants that were well deserving,” said RelyOn Board Member Carolyn Mize.

Two winning teachers were selected from the Kaufman Independent School District. Amy Gardner is a Response To Intervention (R.T.I) teacher at Nash Elementary School. When asked what an R.I.T. class involves, she explained it as, “children on the same reading levels needing extra help to get to the reading level he or she needs to be on before going to the next grade.” Gardner will be using her Classroom Scholarship to purchase a big bookshelf to keep all of other curriculum in, as well as additional Fountas and Pinnell Curriculum lessons. 

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Two Kaufman ISD teachers are awarded $1,000 each through RelyOn CU’s Classroom Scholarship. Pictured from left are Terri Craine, RelyOn CU relationship specialist; Amy Gardner, R.T.I. teacher and scholarship winner; Melissa Ramirez, R.T.I. teacher and scholarship winner; and Greg Goebel, Kaufman branch manager, RelyOn CU.

Melissa Ramirez, also from the Kaufman ISD, teaches at J.R. Phillips Elementary School as an R.T.I. teacher. She will be using her Classroom Scholarship to “help each student have the necessary supplies for school. Each student deserves that!” said Ramirez.

The third Classroom Scholarship winner was Krystle McFarlin from Crandall ISD. McFarlin is a kindergarten teacher at Barbara Walker Elementary School. She knows that kindergarten can be tough on students who have never had to sit still and work on classwork for eight hours a day. That’s why she will be purchasing flexible seating for her classroom. “Flexible seating allows the students to move around and get their wiggles out right there at their own work area,” said McFarlin.

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Greg Goebel (left), Kaufman branch manager, RelyOn CU, presents a $1,000 check to Krystle McFarlin, Crandall ISD teacher and Classroom Scholarship recipient.

“Teachers in our local communities go above and beyond, and they should get the support they need,” said RelyOn’s Chief Operations Officer Tony LaTour. “We’re excited to provide the Classroom Scholarship to this year’s winners and look forward to doing so again next year.”

About RelyOn Credit Union
RelyOn Credit Union is a local, not-for-profit credit union that has been helping its members reach their financial goals since 1952. RelyOn consists of approximately 6,500 members/owners, and membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Dallas and Kaufman counties.