Credit union informs: Students celebrate Texas Arbor Day

Texas Arbor Day - Washington Heights ElementaryUnity One Credit Union recently partnered with Fourth Grade Foresters USA to donate 65 evergreen trees to Washington Heights Elementary fourth grade students in honor of Texas Arbor Day.

Typically celebrated in April, the State of Texas recently amended its Arbor Day to the first Friday in November to assure the health of the trees. This year, Texas Arbor Day was celebrated on November 7. 

Each fourth grade student at Washington Heights Elementary received one evergreen tree as well as planting instructions. 

“We believe it’s important to teach students to be conscious – whether it’s environmentally or financially,” said Cynthia Huerta-Aguirre, branch manager at Unity One’s Stockyards branch. 

“Teachers are able to provide valuable hands-on lessons about the importance of trees and global warming, all without having to worry about the cost themselves,” she said.   

Unity One selected to partner with Fourth Grade Foresters USA as they fit the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people.’ All trees donated were packaged for distribution by workers with disabilities.

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Credit union informs: Unity One opens two student-run branches

Last week Unity One Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of not just one but two local student-run branches. Washington Heights Elementary

The first branch, located at Washington Heights Elementary in the Fort Worth ISD, is run by fourth-grade students. These students were nominated by their teachers for their academic performance. Over 300 students (nearly 85 percent of the student body) have opened a savings account available at the school. 

“It’s amazing to watch the excitement of the students each week as they learn new skills such as receiving deposits and balancing a cash drawer,” said Cynthia Huerta-Aguirre, branch manager at Unity One’s Stockyards branch.

“Teaching students the importance of saving early will help them later in life, and that’s our number one goal, ” she said. 

The second branch, located at Fossil Ridge High School in the Keller ISD, is run by students every Friday during their lunch periods. Students apply for the position and are trained at Unity One’s North Tarrant branch for two weeks prior to the grand opening. 

“These students have shown a commitment to working hard and learning skills to help them in their future jobs,” said Kathy Jones, branch manager at Unity One’s North Tarrant branch.

“These tellers sacrifice their lunch each week to help other students achieve their financial goals,” she said. 

Both student-run branches are open throughout the school year. Students, and their parents, at both schools are eligible for membership with Unity One Credit Union. 

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Credit unions for kids: $5 makes a difference!

On August 14, the Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions will be hosting its annual fundraiser Shake, Rattle and Bowl benefitting CookCreditUnionforKids CMNH color Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. Last year the 42+ credit unions in the Chapter raised over $100,000 for the Children's Miracle Network and the hospital, and the goal remains the same for 2012. Unity One Credit Union is challenging its employees, friends, partners and members to raise at least $500 just through online giving. Donate as little as $5; every dollar raised directly impacts the life of a child and his/her family.

Credit unions have always been champions of the communities they serve, and the bowl-a-thon and other efforts to support the Children's Miracle Network are definitely examples of that commitment. Join us.


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