WCCU feels strongly that educating young people today will create better informed adults for tomorrow. We are committed to Financial Education and proudly sponsor school programs that teach our youth lifelong financial literacy skills that will better prepare them for their future.
All programs sponsored solely by WCCU. For more information, contact Kim Gates, WCCU Financial Education Officer at (401) 596-7000 ext. 2124 or at email@example.com.
Please remember, Westerly Community Credit Union does not knowingly collect information about children under the age of 13 per the Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
The Money Mammals Kids Club is designed to help kids learn about the value of money in a fun engaging way!
Free Teacher resources:
- Teaching guide, reading guides, books and Free Money Mammals video.
(Use promo code westerlycu for Free video access)
- Financial education themed games, mobile apps, videos and printables focused on how to Share, Save and Spend Smart.
- Teaching kit - ask about receiving a Free Teaching kit for your school.
Contact Kim Gates, WCCU Financial Education Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org about additional teaching resources for your classroom.
Visit the Money Mammals website now to access your financial education resources!
For more information or to open a WCCU Money Mammals Kids Club Account, click here.
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Online High School Financial Education program for grades 9-12
WCCU is proud to sponsor EverFi, a new online Financial Education program that uses the latest technology – video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking – to bring financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Students learn from mistakes made by Rufus, the program’s leading character, as they follow him through real life experiences. After completing 10 modules on banking, credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and more, students earn a Certification in Financial Literacy. Students can log onto the program for life, which will allow them to review specific topics before making important financial decision in adulthood, such as preparing to buy their first home. EverFi is the nation’s leading online Financial Education program used in over 3,500 high schools across the country.
WCCU sponsors the following local high schools:
- Chariho High School
- Exeter-West Greenwich High School
- Narragansett High School
- The Prout School
- South Kingstown High School
- Westerly High School
High School Basic Money Management program for grades 9-12
WCCU is proud to sponsor Cemark’s High School program, Making the Right Money Moves. This program teaches young adults basic money management skills using workbooks in the classroom. Topics such as budgeting, personal savings and checking, credit and loans, identity theft and more are covered. WCCU is pleased to sponsor our local high schools with this valuable program at no expense to their school. Teachers can easily share this program with their students by requesting the number of workbooks needed for their classroom along with a Teacher’s Guide.
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CU 4 Reality Fair
High School Financial Literacy Fair
Sponsored by the Westerly Community Credit Union, the CU 4 Reality Financial Literacy Fair is an event that gives High School students a chance to see how career selection impacts their financial well-being and their life choices. Students create a spending plan based on a salary and career they have researched, and then juggle needs-versus-wants to make sure they are living within their means.
At the fair, students meet with representatives from local auto dealerships, insurance agents, lenders, utility providers, retailers and others, to help them understand the real expenses they will face in adulthood and the choices they will need to make to avoid falling into debt.
Westerly Community Credit Union sponsors the following CU 4 Reality Fairs:
- Westerly and Chariho High School CU 4 Reality Fair
- Narragansett High School CU 4 Reality Fair
Click here to read about our latest CU4 Reality Financial Literacy Fair.
Teacher Grant Program
WCCU recognizes the importance of education and respects the Teachers, Administrators, and Staff who work hard every day to create lessons that excite, engage and promote learning. Our grant program encourages learning opportunities outside of the existing school funded curriculum and enhances our commitment to our local communities.
Teachers, Administrators, and Staff from the following school districts are eligible to apply: Chariho, Coventry, Exeter-West Greenwich, Narragansett, North Stonington, South Kingstown, Stonington, and Westerly.
(If your school district is not listed and you would like it to be added, please contact Kim Gates, Financial Education Officer, at email@example.com or 401-596-7000 x2124. (Please note email is not secure.)
For the 2021/2022 school year, Westerly Community Credit Union will make $8,500 available for Teacher Grants. Those grants will be awarded in values up to $500.
Grant Proposal Deadline: October 31, 2021.
Grants will be awarded by November 30, 2021 and monies distributed by year-end.
Click here to see a list of the 2020/2021 Grant Recipients!Click here to see a list of the 2020/2021 Grant Recipients!
Questions? Please contact Kim Gates, Financial Education Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-596-7000 x2124. (Please note email is not secure.)
The Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to offer scholarships for local area high school students. Applicant or Parent/Guardian must be a member of the Westerly Community Credit Union to be eligible.
Westerly Community Credit Union College Scholarships
The Westerly Community Credit Union offers three $1,000.00 College Scholarships awarded to graduating High School Seniors majoring in any area of study. Applicants must be accepted to a 2 or 4 year college with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
- The Robert M. Bewlay Memorial Scholarship
- The Joseph N. Cugini Memorial Scholarship
- Westerly Community Credit Union College Scholarship
Westerly Community Credit Union Vocational Scholarships
The Westerly Community Credit Union offers two $500.00 Scholarships awarded to a graduating High School Seniors who plan to attend a locally recognized Vocation Credentialed Certificate Programs upon graduation. Applicants must be accepted to a locally recognized Vocation Credentialed Certificate Program with a GPA of 2.8 or better.
The Credit Union College Scholarship Program
Three scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded throughout the State to high school seniors who will be enrolled in an undergraduate college/university degree program during the 2020-21 academic year. As a sponsoring Credit Union, the Westerly Community Credit Union will submit their top three entries for consideration. The applicant or parent/guardian must be a member of the Westerly Community Credit Union.
Thank you for submitting your applications!
Financial education links for students, teachers, adults & businesses:
This website is a great resource for teachers as well as a fun place for young students to learn about financial literacy. On this site teachers can find great lesson plans and online games. For Students there are tons of games to enjoy from adventure to tricky puzzles.
RI Jumpstart is a RI based coalition of state-wide organizations promoting financial literacy. This website provides information on financial literacy for educators, parents, students and professionals. Great curriculum ideas, parent articles, games, and much more.
Educational Interactive Financial Games for Youth
My Money is the Federal Government's website dedicated to helping Americans understand more about their money - how to save it, invest it, and manage it to meet their personal goals.