Resources for Teachers
Extra Credit Union provides a variety of resources to teachers to help them in guiding students toward financial literacy. We offer:
- TEAM Classroom Grant Program to give teachers needed monies for class projects and field trips
- Banzai to give teachers an online financial literacy course to teach students
- Classroom presentations to provide teachers and their students educational and fun learning experiences taught by our financial literacy expert
- Credit Union tours to get students out of the classroom and visiting Extra Credit Union and engaging in a fun literacy activity
TEAM Classroom Grant Program
Teachers, do you want to bring a cool program into your classroom, or take your students on a field trip, or perhaps have them partake in an out-of-the-box learning experience to support your lesson plan? Extra Credit Union is on your TEAM to help you educate the youth in our communities. We specifically designed the Teacher Extra-curricular Activity Money (TEAM) Classroom Grant Program to enable you to do just that.
Each year, we award $10,000 in grants to teachers who are members of our credit union. Each grant is up to $2,000, which provides many creative opportunities to impact your classroom and students.
Applications are released in the fall of each school year for a chance to be awarded up to $2,000 for your submitted project. We review all applications and in January award a total of up to $10,000 collectively to area schools.
Congratulations to our recent Classroom Grant winners!
- John Adamus — Chatterton Middle School
- Christel Cook — Center Line High School
- Angela Gilchrist — Fitzgerald High School
- Michelle Pickett — Montessori Stepping Stones
- Brandy Rokicki — Poupard Elementary School
- Sara Sonnenfeld — Fitzgerald High School
- Sharon Sylvester — Chatterton Middle School
- Melanie VanMaele — Lincoln High School
- Jennifer Wickersham — Wolfe Middle School
- Melissa Young — Angus Elementary School
Banzai Online Financial Literacy
Extra Credit Union actually pays for our partner schools to educate students on financial literacy. A key way that Extra Credit Union supports the schools is through online financial literacy via Banzai.
Covering the entire cost, Extra Credit Union provides this valuable, hands-on resource to teachers for free to help them teach real-life financial situations to students through online simulations and workbooks. Students learn about math, life skills, computer science, personal finance/economics, and more. The program works best for grades 8-12 and fits into many curriculum’s.
Our school/community relations coordinator visits each classroom to introduce the program and share information on how credit unions work. She returns later to answer questions and award a certificate of completion to each student who completes the course. Students also receive an incentive to open an account.
Interested? Contact our School and Community Relations Coordinator Ashley Fordyce at (586) 276-3150.
Teachers, Extra Credit Union is here to help you educate your students through delivering classroom presentations. We will customize a presentation that works around your lesson plan, specific needs, and student age/grade. Presentations can be made on a wide variety of topics related to money and finances for K-12, to name a few:
- Saving, spending and sharing
- Opportunity cost and needs vs. wants
- Credit and it’s impact on your future
- Checking accounts
Teachers will choose the presentation topic, length, and how often you want us to present. We also will consult with to select the appropriate industry tools for the student population.
To arrange for a classroom presentation, contact our School and Community Relations Coordinator Ashley Fordyce at (586) 276-3150.
Credit Union Tours
Extra Credit Union invites all teachers and their students, along with student groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc., to visit our main office to take a tour and participate in a financial literacy activity. It makes for a fun and educational field trip.
Further, we are honored when teachers and others invite us to attend their student events. They appreciate how we share financial literacy information and provide enjoyable activities around the topic.
To arrange for a Credit Union Tour or a visit to your event,contact our School and Community Relations Coordinator Ashley Fordyce at (586) 276-3150.