Texas Trust Helps North Texas Schools Earn a Million Dollars

The One Million Brighter event marked the $1 million milestone of Texas Trust's Spirit Debit Reward program.

Arlington, TX, December 08, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Thousands of students, parents, and the faculty of four school districts were whooping and hollering as they celebrated the achievement of a million dollars in giving from Texas Trust Credit Union (www.texastrustcu.org/more-service/about-us/).

The One Million Brighter event marked the $1 million milestone (www.texastrustcu.org/files/6314/4898/7014/milestones-OMB.pdf) of Texas Trust's Spirit Debit Reward program. Through Texas Trust's Spirit Debit Reward card, four Metroplex school districts – Mansfield, Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, and DeSoto – along with the Athens ISD in Henderson County, have collected one million dollars since the inception of the program in August 2011. The transaction that took the program to this landmark level was scored just a few days ago.

The One Million Brighter celebration took place at the University of Texas at Arlington College Park Center during the UTA vs. UNT basketball game. The stadium was full of Spirit Reward cardholders that cheered on Texas Trust as well as the UTA Mavericks. The festivities included an array of pre-game and halftime activities. Students from each school took part performing with the UTA band, cheer, and dance teams, during the game.

From August 2011 through November 30, 2015, Texas Trust has given $1,007,520 to schools through the Spirit Reward card. Each school has a custom-designed debit card, and receives 10 cents each time their cardholders use the Spirit Debit Reward card to make a purchase. The schools receive a check each month based on the previous month's card usage and can spend the money at they wish.

"The funds we receive from the Spirit Reward card support campus life, which is very important to the students," said Susan Hull, Superintendent of Grand Prairie ISD. "The Spirit card provides enrichment and many rewarding experiences that the operating budget cannot afford."

GPISD has used Spirit Reward money to provide field trips, SAT prep classes, pizza parties, graduation stoles and cords for honor graduates, student activity buses to transport fans to playoff basketball and football games, and more.

Grand Prairie ISD, which has eight different Spirit card designs and styles, has received more than $435,000 from Texas Trust. Mansfield ISD has earned nearly $300,000 for its eight Spirit cards, followed by Cedar Hill, earning more than $175,000 with one Spirit card. DeSoto has received $22,000 and Athens nearly $71,000.

"The Spirit card provides an opportunity for the Cedar Hill community to support our schools through our partnership with Texas Trust," said Orlando Riddick, Cedar Hill ISD Superintendent. "The funds help support creative and innovative initiatives for our students."

View videos from the One Million Brighter celebration event at https://youtu.be/8Bv9c071wN4

View interviews of school officials about the Spirit Debit Reward Program at https://youtu.be/C4btcol3rl8

About Texas Trust Credit Union
Texas Trust, one of the largest credit unions in North Texas and the 18th largest in Texas, provides financial services that enable members to build brighter financial futures. As a full-service financial institution, Texas Trust offers checking, savings, mortgages, credit cards, CDs, Money Market accounts, IRAs, and investment and insurance services. Its business services include SBA and conventional loans, electronic payment cards, checking and money market accounts, merchant card processing, online banking, insurance and the Employee Solutions Network. With assets of $895 million, Texas Trust operates in Dallas, Tarrant, and Henderson counties, as well as parts of Ellis and Johnson counties. It has 15 branches in Mansfield, Grand Prairie, Arlington, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Hurst and Athens. Texas Trust is a federally insured financial institution. Deposits up to $250,000 are insured by the full faith of the federal government through the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). For more information, visit TexasTrustCU.org.
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Kristine Tanzillo