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Credit Union of America Donates $11,175 thru Classroom Grant Program

Credit Union of America Donates $11,175 thru Classroom Grant Program

Credit Union of America, is pleased to provide the TGIF grant (Teacher Grants…Ideas Financed) program. CUA has distributed $215,287.89 to 604 Kansas teachers for classrooms over the life of the TGIF program.  This semester’s awards total $11,175 distributed to 25 teachers within 9 communities in south central Kansas. Grants ranged from $200 - $500. The grant applications are blindly evaluated for classroom creativity, need, and number of students reached. Current recipients are listed below by name/school/title of project. If you’d like more details about a project, please contact us at the number above. Teachers can now apply for the next round of grants at www.CUofAmerica.com/TGIF. Application deadline is midnight, central time, October 31, 2019.  


Spring Session Grant Recipients are:


  • Shanda Seibel, Andover Central Middle School, Future Mathematicians Math Supplies, $350


  • Cody Melander, Derby Middle School, Engineering for an Earthquake, $200
  • Monica Swift, Derby Middle School, ELL Leveled Text Copies of The Great Gatsby, $500


  • Melisa Wingfield, Eldorado High School, Speech and Debate Curriculum and Resources, $200


  • Jason Nichols, Eureka Jr/Sr High School, The Energy Bus Book Study, $275

Great Bend

  • Kevin Hoff, Great Bend High School, Auto Darkening Welding Helmets, $500
  • Amanda Johnson, Holy Family School, Learning with LEGO’s, $500


  • Ashely Garten, Nelson Elementary School, Independence thru Organization/Sensory Tools, $500


  • Chris Morrison, Maize South High School, Teaching Sustainable Gardening to the Next Generation, $500


  • Jeffrey Arellano, Gardiner Elementary School, Redo Recess, $500
  • Meagan Baldwin, Cessna Elementary School, Social Emotions Small Group Learning, $500
  • Carmela Buranay, Wichita East High School, Learning Mathematics Using Technology, $500
  • Teralyn Cohn, Wichita Southeast High School, Modern Lit with Purpose, $500
  • Lara Dodson, William Allen White Elementary School, Structured Play Meets STEM, $350
  • Annie Friend, Seltzer Elementary School, Headphones for Technology, $500
  • Rachel Horn, Franklin Elementary School, Recess Equipment to Make Things Fun, $500
  • Melissa Meade, Seltzer Elementary School, Pond Ecosystems, $400
  • Nathan Moore, Truesdell Middle School, Roots – American History Study, $350
  • Petrina Parker, Woodland Magnet, Innovation in Biology, $500
  • Stephanie Sperger, Greiffenstein Wells Alternative, Ceramic Supplies, $500
  • Heather Stubbs, Woodman Elementary, Leaping into Math Proficiency using Frog Learning Centers/Drops in the Bucket, $500
  • Melissa Weigant, McLean Elementary School, Sensory at Play, $500
  • Julie Wilks, Woodman Elementary School, Revolutionary – Sophia’s War Book Study, $500
  • Katheryn Wilson, Robinson Middle School, Gemini Educational System, $500
  • Shanna Zimmerman, Wichita East High School, T-shirt Customization, $500

CUA serves over 74,000 members online at fourteen (14) full-service locations in Wichita, Derby, Goddard, Hutchinson, Pratt, Great Bend, and Salina, and a corporate office located in Wichita.  Credit Union of America, founded originally as a teachers’ credit union, now serves a community-based field of membership, with special interest and expertise in serving educators and healthcare workers. Established in 1935, CUA is member owned and operates as a full-service financial cooperative providing low-cost checking, savings, investments, personal and mortgage loans, and business services. CUA assets currently total $959 million and loans total $809 million, as of July 31, 2019.  Deposits are insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), a U.S. Government Agency.  CUA is an Equal Housing Lender and Equal Opportunity Employer.


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