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Classroom Cash

The TwinStar Community Foundation awards Classroom Cash to educators yearly for classroom enhancements.

TwinStar Credit Union began 80+ years ago as the Thurston County Teachers Credit Union. Our name changed, but our support for teachers and education is still going strong. We realize teachers and educators have out-of-pocket expenses for their classes and we want to help offset the costs. The funds help pay for classroom enhancements such as calculators, software, books, musical instruments, field trips and more! Approximately $100-$200 are awarded to each Classroom Cash recipient and distributed in TwinStar Credit Union’s service area from Tacoma to Portland.

Applications are accepted between September 1st and October 31st. Recipients are notified by January 15th.

Classroom Cash must be processed through your school district. Your school district will be notified at the same time as you, and funds will be directed to the district. Some districts have opted out of participation, and unfortunately, educators in those districts will not be eligible.

It is important in the application to include the contact name, email and phone number of the individual in the business office who handles funds for your classroom. Every effort will be made to coordinate how to best process the award for every teacher.

Selection Criteria

The following requirements must be met in order for the application to be considered. If the application is not completed in its entirety, it will be determined ineligible.

  • Applicant must be a permanent teacher, counselor or librarian for K-5th grade.
  • Applicant must be a member in good standing with TwinStar Credit Union.
  • Describe your plans for the grant.
  • Complete all contact information on the application.
  • Keep a copy of the application for your records.
  • Recipients are eligible for one award per school year.

Classroom Cash is open to those who, at the time of application (a) are members of TwinStar Credit Union, (b) are at least 18 years of age, (c) are U.S. Citizens and (d) are a current teacher, counselor or librarian serving Kindergarten through 5th grades. Officers, directors and employees of the TwinStar Community Foundation and their immediate family members (spouse, child), as well as substantial contributors to the foundation or any disqualified persons are not eligible to participate in Classroom Cash.