Teacher Giveback at ACUC Sets Stage for Better Prepared Teachers, Mentors

A high-energy buzz vibrated from the Seattle Sheraton June 26 as credit union financial educators celebrated the school teachers and mentors who are working hard to help students prepare for the real world.

As those credit union educators well know, school districts often don’t have the resources or provide the curriculum for teachers to do this important work. The Celebration of Teachers of Financial Education event was designed to address that reality. The event continues an ACUC tradition of presenting a “give back” event in the conference host city. It was sponsored by CUNA, the Northwest Credit Union Association, The Northwest Credit Union Foundation and the National Credit Union Foundation.

Credit union educators provided teachers and other youth mentors with resources all tailored to Washington state financial education requirements. Offerings included free “BizKid$” starter sets. The national PBS television program helps young people learn how to manage their money and even operate businesses. The starter kits include classroom curriculum, training tips, and DVDs showing some of the episodes.

“When you change someone’s financial future, you literally change their future,” said Danielle Brown, Director of Development and Donor Relations for the NCUF. “If you can get kids to understand financial education when they are young, they avoid problems later in life, and that affects their live forever.”

According to Jamie Dedmon, Managing Director of the NWCUF, the attendees are collectively responsible for teaching up to 34,000 students in a week. She was confident the teachers and mentors left better prepared to help even their straight-A students learn to manage their money. The educators felt the same way.

“I’m excited about using it,” said Pat Laroy, a 5th grade teacher from Burien, Washington when she received her toolkit. “This might help to get my kids thinking about this sooner.”

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222, ehorvath@nwcua.org.

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