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* HARRISBURG, Pa. (7/11/08)--A Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation grant recipient will be honored today for enhancing financial education at Cocalico High School, Lancaster County. Matt Bergman, a teacher there, will receive the Pennsylvania Office of Financial Education's annual "Ripple Effect Award" at the fourth annual Governor's Institute on Financial Education at Elizabethtown College. Bergman used his $2,154 grant to enhance a personal finance course with materials and software. He and three other teachers educated 336 students with 113 hours of financial education, totaling more than 38,000 hours of instruction. The grant "encouraged software use by students involved in a variety of activities that encouraged investment, savings, and even small business/entrepreneurial practices," said foundation Executive Director Joe Wambach. Bergman followed up on a foundation presentation at the institute in 2007 and partnered with LANCO FCU, Lancaster, to implement "an outstanding project," Wambach said (Life is a Highway July 10) … * ST. LOUIS (7/11/08)--The Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) met with state Rep. Sam Page (D-82), a candidate for lieutenant governor, Monday to discuss credit union issues and concerns. The meeting is part of MCUA's efforts to better inform candidates about the credit union difference (CourierNet July 9). He is shown meeting with Peggy Nalls, MCUA senior vice president of public/legislative affairs, who also asked for his help in supporting financial education legislation in 2009. (Photo provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association) … * ABERDEEN, Md.(7/11/08)--Aberdeen Proving Ground FCU ranks as No. 1 in Maryland for youth financial literacy efforts, according to a listing by the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB). In 2007, the $622 million asset credit union delivered 226 financial presentations to more than 4,500 students throughout Harford and Cecil counties. It also ranked in the Top 10 list for the total number of students reached and presentations delivered in the nation … * MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (7/11/08)--TopLine FCU has added free financial preparedness services for its members and employees through the Financial Choice program from LSS Financial Counseling. "It can be tricky to keep on top of it all, so we look at our partnership with LSS Financial Counseling as another convenient tool to help our members and employees get smart with and manage their money," said TopLine President/CEO Harry Carter. LSS is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and provides face-to-face debit counselor, a counselor-on-call hotline and financial education. TopLine, based in Maple Grove, has more than $250 million in assets ... * ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (7/11/08)--PSCU Financial Services is providing grants for 12 elementary, middle and high schools teacher to attend the 2008 Credit Union Week at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Teacher Institute in Williamsburg, Va. The event supports educational efforts regarding the foundation of the nation’s landmark democracy. Credit Union Week for middle school and high school teachers will be July 23-30; elementary school teachers will attend from July 29-Aug. 5. The interactive seminar equips American History teachers with a fresh approach to communicating the principles of America’s history and system of government, said PSCU Financial Services. The grant provides more than $2,000 for each teacher and covers program admission, room and meals, and a $200 stipend for travel expenses or the purchase of educational materials …


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