WESTLAND, Mich. (5/8/15)--Three students of an elementary school in Westland, Mich., were so enamored by their work with a student-run credit union in their school that they took the opportunity recently to share their experiences with others.
During the school’s annual Leadership Day, the three sixth-graders from Cooper Elementary School set up a display and flagged down fellow students to talk about their time with the student-run credit union branch of Zeal CU, Livonia, Mich. (Hometown Life May 7).
“These students created an ‘above and beyond’ moment for our school branch program,” Jeremy Cybulski, Zeal CU youth and community development coordinator, told Hometown Life. “They set up credit union materials, wore their Rock Star Savers uniforms, and scripted the presentations, even fielding questions from Westland Mayor William Wild and other officials who attended the event.”
In-school credit unions offer financial education opportunities for both the students running the branches and the students who choose to deposit money. But students can learn other valuable skills as well.
“We divided up responsibilities, made cue cards with our notes, memorized our scripts and practiced two days before the event,” said Ruby, one of the sixth-graders. Ruby also markets the credit union in the school by creating games for her classmates. “I think we made at least 20 presentations.”
Added Ryan, another student employee: “I like (the credit union) because it teaches you responsibility for the future.”
Further, teachers have appreciated the lessons and skills the in-school branch has taught their students.
“Zeal’s Rock Star Savers program is a catalyst,” said Nicole McGlinch, a sixth-grade teacher at Cooper. “When Mr. Jeremy comes to our school, he’s showing them life outside Cooper, and the kids are extremely excited about it.”