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updated 11/01/13 04:03 PM
CU To Be Honored at GAC
Silver State Schools CU has won first-place honors in the national Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award.

The Las Vegas-based credit union was recognized in the more than $500-million-asset category in the awards program which honors credit unions for their work on behalf of youth financial literacy. It was recognized for its Piggy Bank Project, a collaborative effort between the credit union, Bracken Elementary School, The United Way of Southern Nevada, Young Philanthropist Society, Junior Achievement, and Andson Foundation. The project is a combination of an on-campus bank, financial literacy in the classroom, and student homework designed to include parents. In the first year, students saved more than $18,000.

Silver State Schools was among three credit unions from California and Nevada to move on to the national competition in the Desjardins and Louise Herring awards program after winning at the state level. It will now be invited to attend a special awards reception for all national winners to be held during the 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference (February 23-27) in Washington, D.C.

The awards program is named for Alphonse Desjardins, the founder of the North American credit union movement. It is administered at the state level by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, and nationally by the Credit Union National Association.

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