RALEIGH, N.C. (8/2/11)--State Employees’ CU (SECU) Foundation announced that SECU members have provided a $250,000 grant to help fund the ongoing production of Biz Kid$--an award-winning public television series promoting financial education for elementary and middle-school students. Beginning production of a fourth season, the series engages youth in topics such as saving, budgeting and entrepreneurship. This is the second SECU foundation grant in two years provided for production assistance, with $125,000 given in 2009. The SECU foundation is the charitable arm of the credit union. Biz Kid$, with its educational focus, was a clear choice for foundation support and is heavily used by SECU personnel in North Carolina middle schools, according to SECU. Staff members in SECU branches have been trained with the curriculum, and the credit union continues to work with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to train teachers about the program. Biz Kid$ television episodes and corresponding learning activities are shared with middle-school students primarily in social studies and career and technical education classes. Thousands of students have already been reached through SECU’s efforts. “State Employees’ CU has always placed financial education as a high priority and providing funding for Biz Kid$ is a great way to expand our reach with North Carolina students,” SECU Foundation Board Chair Shirley Bell said. “With today’s continuing economic crisis, our members realize that learning the basics of financial management is more critical than ever. Biz Kid$ has been well received since its debut and we look forward to seeing its continued positive impact.” Based in Raleigh, N.C., SECU has more than $21 billion in assets.