OnPoint Community Credit Union Launches Annual Excellence in Education Campaign


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OnPoint Community Credit Union will award up to $85,000 to deserving K-12 teachers and schools, and pay the mortgage of two winning teachers for one year in its annual OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education campaign. Founded in 1932 by 16 school teachers, the Oregon-based credit union continues its commitment to strengthening local education by recognizing outstanding educators who positively impact their students, schools, and communities.

“We are so pleased to honor the outstanding teachers and schools who participate in the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education,” said OnPoint President and CEO Rob Stuart. “We know that strong communities are nurtured by the meaningful work happening every day in local classrooms and schools.”

Now in its tenth year, the annual campaign has awarded nearly $300,000 in prizes to 236 local educators and schools. This year’s winners will be announced on May 21 in the following categories:

Educator of the Year: One teacher representing grades K-8 and one representing grades 9-12 will be named Educators of the Year. OnPoint will pay their respective mortgages for one full year and donate $2,500 to their schools.

Finalists: One K-8 teacher and one 9-12 teacher will be named Educator of the Year finalists and will each receive a $5,000 cash award and $1,500 for their schools.

Circle of Excellence: Six additional teachers will be named to the Circle of Excellence and will each receive a $1,500 cash award and $1,000 for their schools.

Community Builder Award: Four schools will receive $1,000 for a project of their choice. A fifth school, selected by community votes, will receive $2,000.

All prizes are awarded by the OnPoint Prize Selection Committee. Nominations are evaluated on the demonstration of the nominee’s ability to inspire creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom; examples of the nominee’s exemplary teaching methods and style; and, evidence to support the nominee’s significant impact on students, parents, and peers.

Submissions will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. PDT, 6:30 p.m. MDT, April 8. For more information, visit the contest website.

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