Thursday, January 17, 2013

Forward Thinking Grant

Rebekah Risner, Branch Manager at EECU, presents $750.00 to student members of the East Jackson Robotics Team, Brooke Warren and Zachery Schramm, and coach Stephen Doerr.

We are pleased to announce that our quarterly Forward Thinking Partnership Program grant has been awarded to the East Jackson High School Blue Ops Robotics Team and the Community Action Agency/Imagination Library of Jackson County. The East Jackson High School Blue Ops Robotics Team received $750.00 to help fund the equipment needed for the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team. F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics organization that encourages students to learn about science and engineering by holding a robotics competition every year.

CAA/Imagination Library of Jackson County received $750.00 to help fund their cause. All funds that this organization has raised since 2008 have been used solely to purchase books for young children enrolled in the program. They currently provide monthly books to approximately 4,000 children in Jackson County, age birth to five years. Early literacy skills are critical to each child’s success in school and throughout life. “The single most valuable thing a parent can do for their young child is to encourage them to read,” according to Kevin Oxley, superintendent of the Jackson County Intermediate School District. “There is no other activity that will ever have the kind of return on investment that reading will have on a child’s life. Children are the future of our community, so it only makes sense to support programs like the Imagination Library.” Donations to the Imagination Library of Jackson County is managed through a fund at the Jackson Community Foundation at One Jackson Square, Suite 308, Jackson, MI 49201.

“EECU’s Forward Thinking Partnership Program was developed in recognition of years of support from our local educational community,” said RenĂ©e Allen, Operations & Marketing Director of the credit union. “The program helps great educational ideas and projects become reality through financial assistance.” To qualify, projects or ideas must be educationally related and enrich the lives of students/participants. Funding examples include: classroom materials, special educational or enrichment programs, playground or
recreational equipment, library or media materials, special speakers or assemblies, etc. Additionally, the project or idea must provide a benefit to a significant portion of EECU’s membership or potential membership and/or the communities in which they live.

For an application or to learn more about EECU’s Forward Thinking Partnership Program, contact our Marketing Department at 517.787.2060, ext. 3731 or e-mail Completed applications may be returned via e-mail or postal mail. Deadlines for consideration are the end of each fiscal quarter: March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31.

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