We've been going back to school since 1938!

Back To School

It's that time of year again. The leaves are crisp, the air is cold, and the students are returning to their studies. Since 1938 when Dewey Noblitt founded TwinStar Credit Union (then called Thurston County Teacher's Credit Union) this time of year has been a special one for us. We wanted to share some updates and reminders for all of our students, teachers, parents, and community members.

Dollar Dog has just returned from vacation! From Norway to North America, Dollar Dog was busy this summer. Now that he's back, he welcomes children (under the age of 13) to bring their parent or guardian into their local branch to open a FREE Dollar Dog Account. Children can earn Dog Dollars for prizes, and can even receive a free gift on their birthday! We also have teen accounts for those over age 13!

Starting this year, TwinStar is sponsoring Banzai Online Financial Literacy for high school students in the Thurston County School District, and for high schoolers in the Bethel School District. (Public high schools only, private institutions are not eligible at this time.) Banzai provides free online curriculum to teachers where students are faced with real-life financial scenarios that they must navigate and solve. Keep an eye on our website in the next few months for more information about this program.

Each year, teachers selflessly spend their personal money and resources on supplies for their classroom. We think that providing a quality education to students shouldn't cost teachers so direly. Classroom Cash is an annual program that provides over $30,000 in grants to teachers from all areas that TwinStar serves. Teachers can use these funds for a variety of different things, from books, to art supplies, to electronic education tools. Submissions are being accepted now until October 31, 2016. For more information, please visit www.twinstarcu.com/classroom-cash

As always, our Community Development Manager, Amanda Stevens will be out in the community at our local schools giving financial literacy presentations to students of all ages. Subjects vary, but can include saving, budgeting, credit, interviewing tips, and more! This is a FREE service to those teachers who teach in the areas that TwinStar serves. To schedule your presentation, please email our Community Development Manager, Amanda Stevens at: astevens@twinstarcu.com.

And lastly, back to school time can be one of the most hectic seasons of all. We wanted to provide some resources on how our students can stay safe during this busy time. We've found a great article and video from our friends at the National Safety Council. The National Safety Council is a nonprofit, governmental public service agency dedicated to promoting health and safety in the United States.

Please visit www.nsc.org for their video and some other tips on keeping our students safe.

Best wishes to all for a productive school year full of fulfillment!