COLUMBIA, S.C. (9/23/13)--The South Carolina Credit Union League has named Shannon McCrimmon of Landrum High School as its 2013 Financial Literacy Educator of the Year for instilling in young people the financial concepts that will help them succeed as adults.
The league presented the award and a $1,000 honorarium from the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation to McCrimmon.
McCrimmon, who is also an author of teen novels, worked with the school's faculty and Greenville-based SC Telco FCU's administration to organize reality fairs for two senior classes at Landrum High School. In the second reality fair, she enlisted volunteer parents and teachers, and invited teachers from other schools to witness the fair and its impact.
The two fairs reached more than 250 students. Another 250 students will learn the same lessons when the entire junior and senior classes of Landrum High School participate in a reality fair this fall.
The annual SCCUL Financial Literacy Educator of the Year award has been given since 2002 to teachers to raise awareness within the education community of not only the need for financial education but also exemplary work teachers do. SCCUL also presents annually the Financial Literacy Ambassador of the Year to credit union professionals committed to advancing the cause.
Financial literacy efforts are one way credit unions can raise awareness of the value of credit unions--one of the three components of the Credit Union National Association's and the leagues' Unite For Good Campaign, which rallies credit unions toward the strategic vision of America's consumers choosing credit unions as their best financial partner.