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Extra Credit Union awards $10,000 in educational grants

Extra Credit Union awards $10,000 in educational grants

Teaching and promoting multiculturalism. Climbing to new heights, and building trust and teamwork. Engaging students through a new fitness routine while promoting lifelong healthy living. Foreign language and STEM education. These are just a few examples of the engaging projects Extra Credit Union is supporting through the 2016-17 Teacher Extra-curricular Activity Money (TEAM) Classroom Grant.

Through ECU’s commitment to education and its heart to serve, Extra Credit Union is proud to announce this year’s TEAM Classroom Grant recipients. After reviewing nearly 20 applications, a committee recently chose 10 recipients. This year’s winners include:

Michelle Pickett – Montessori Stepping Stones – $780 to purchase the Rosetta Stone software and headphones for the foreign language proficiency program

Christel Cook – Center Line High School – $1,865 for her students to attend Engineering Day at Cedar Point (covers busing)

Sara Sonnenfeld – Fitzgerald High School – $350 to pay for the bus cost and substitute cost for the leadership class to attend a team building trip to Adventure Park

Angela Gilchrist – Fitzgerald High School – $1,000 to pay for appetizer foods at the multicultural talent show, as well as covering the busing cost for the Diversity Club to attend a field trip to learn about different cultures

Melanie VanMaele – Lincoln Elementary School – $200 to purchase games and items to use for indoor recess fun

Melissa Young – Angus Elementary School – $775 to purchase poetry paper and sewing kits for fleece lap blankets that will be given to residents at Oakmont Assisted Living Home (funds will also help with busing)

Jennifer Wickersham – Wolfe Middle School – $600 to pay for students to have four STEMinista workshops on Saturdays

Sharon Sylvester – Chatterton Middle School – $2,000 to purchase a 3D printing machine to use schoolwide in several subjects

John Adamus – Chatterton Middle School – $2,000 to purchase cross fit fitness items for the physical education class to promote healthy living and confidence in young students

Brandy Rokicki – Poupard Elementary School – $430 to purchase wobble chairs and other items to help keep behavioral challenged students’ attention/focus in class

“We have so many amazing educators right in our local community who go above and beyond to create engaging, hands-on lessons for their students. Unfortunately, many times, they don’t have the funding they need to be able to make those ideas come to fruition,” said Deidra Williams, President/CEO of Extra Credit Union. “We are happy that we are able to provide these teachers with the funding they need, and give these students educational lessons they will carry with them throughout life.”

Grant recipients will be honored in June at the credit union’s annual Excellence Awards luncheon honoring its grant winners, as well as its annual scholarship recipients, which will be announced in the spring. Visit Extra Credit Union’s YouTube page for a video highlighting one of last year’s grant winners.

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