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Unity One informs: Washington Heights student artwork on display

Wed, Nov 30, 2016 @ 12:09 PM / by Alyssa Guillory posted in Fort Worth, fort worth stockyards, Unity One Credit Union, Washington Heights Elementary

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Branch Artwork.jpgEarlier this month, Unity One's Stockyard branch partnered with Washington Heights Elementary to display their students' artwork. Each student who has artwork on display in the branch was selected based on creativity and merit by their art teacher. We invite the surrounding community to come out and view the artwork.

In its 10th year of operation the student-run Washington Heights Elementary branch has more than 400 student accounts, and at one time reached over $21,000 in student savings. 

About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is one of the oldest in the U.S. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in St. Paul, Minnesota, Kansas City, Kansas and Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills and Southlake may apply for membership. Unity One CU has eight branches to serve nearly 29,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

 

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Unity One Informs: Elementary Students Empowered by Saving

Tue, Oct 11, 2016 @ 05:43 PM / by Erayne Hill posted in Washington Heights Elementary, student tellers, financial education for students

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Later this week, students at Washington Heights Elementary School will deposit their pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters an even dollars into their accounts at the opening of the school’s credit union branch. The branch, powered by Unity One Credit Union, begins the 2016-17 school year with an officiCantu_Max_and_Scribner_cropped.jpgal ribbon cutting in Washington Heights Elementary School's newly-constructed school Thursday, October 20 at 11 a.m.

In its 10th year of operation the branch has more than 400 student accounts, and at one time reached $21,000 in student savings. It opens weekly, and is Unity One Credit Union's answer to teaching financial education early. Finance experts say that children that learn to save fare better financially as adults.

Washington Heights principal, Mary Jane Cantu, hopes her students will get into the habit of saving. “Habits are hard to break. We hope saving will be,” she said.

Washington Heights students are involved in the operation of the branch. They serve as tellers—taking in deposits, balancing and encouraging their peers to save.

“Mathematic foundations are being reinforced when the students operate the branch. They have to add and multiply regularly,” said Maria Blanchard, school counselor.

Once students moves on to middle school, they have the option of withdrawing their savings or becoming members of Unity One Credit Union.  According to Unity One Branch Manager Cynthia Huerta-Aguirre, the majority of the students open accounSonia_-Unity_One_teller_008.jpgts at the credit union because they want to continue to save.

About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is one of the oldest in the U.S. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in St. Paul, Minnesota, Kansas City, Kansas and Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills and Southlake may apply for membership. Unity One CU has eight branches to serve nearly 29,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

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Unity One CU informs: Kick off a healthy new school year with these tips!

Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 10:09 AM / by Alyssa Guillory posted in Unity One Credit Union, Washington Heights Elementary

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WH_Back_to_School_2016.jpgAs summer winds down, many families are gearing up for the start of a new school year. Here are a few tips from our friends at the BlueZones Project to encourage students to get moving and put their brains in gear. 

Help students downshift from the summer to the school year by establishing consistent bedtimes and routines.

Make time to discuss their homework, school activities and any issues they have each day. 

Limit use of their electronic devices in their bedrooms. Excessive screentime has been
shown to make it harder to get a good night's rest.

Fill the refrigerator with water and limit the sugary drinks.

Plan healthy meals in advance, including setting out fruit and vegetables in places children
can easily access. 

You can also help your children get on the right financial path early by opening up a youth savings account in their name. Contact us for more information!

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About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals. 

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has eight branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

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Unity One CU Informs: FWISD students receive hands-on financial education

Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 10:07 AM / by Alyssa Guillory posted in Fort Worth, TX, Unity One Credit Union, Washington Heights Elementary

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Last week Unity One Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of its local student-run branch at Washington Heights Elementary. Fourth and fifth grade students are selected by their teachers, for their academic performance and desire to learn, to run the branch. Over 300 students 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 Northside branch. “Teaching students the importance of saving early will help them later in life and that’s our number one goal, ” she said. 

Parents of students are also eligible for membership with Unity One Credit Union.

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About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals. 

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has seven branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™
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Credit union informs: Students celebrate Texas Arbor Day

Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 03:37 PM / by Alyssa Guillory posted in credit unions for kids, Unity One Credit Union, Washington Heights Elementary

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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

Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 10:57 AM / by Alyssa Guillory posted in credit unions for kids, Unity One Credit Union, Fossil Ridge High School, Washington Heights Elementary

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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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