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Norwin students can join new credit union at high school

| Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

A credit union's branch will open at Norwin School District for the 2012-13 year, offering high school students an opportunity to create accounts and to learn how a credit union operates.

The branch of Norwin Teachers Federal Credit Union will open after Labor Day, said Tracy McNelly, assistant superintendent of secondary education, during a school board meeting this week.

The credit union branch will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays in the mornings before and during the homeroom period.

The credit union is open to all district staff, former district employees and Parent Teacher Association members.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors will be permitted to join, McNelly said.

A credit union employee will be available to teach students. The employee will work with teachers' accounts, McNelly said.

“(We're) thinking that some of the business students ... would be working with the credit union on site,” she said. “We hope that our students will get some good financial-literacy skills.”

Students in a marketing class will advertise the credit union's new branch.

Many years ago, she said, there was a credit union branch in school for the teachers.

The credit union also will sponsor some students to attend a “reality fair” field trip, during which they will practice using a budget and learn about the costs of real estate, vehicles and taxes.

In other business, students in first through 12th grades will be asked to complete a survey aimed at learning what types of technology students use at home.

Parents will be informed in a letter that students will answer the anonymous survey online during school, McNelly said.

“This will give us, hopefully, a good idea of where the gaps are,” she said.

The district will seek donations of used smartphones with chargers that students can use in school as part of a “bring-your-own-device program.”

Students can't make calls or send text messages on the donated phones, but they can use them for Internet access in class, McNelly said.

In addition, the district will provide information to parents about low-cost Comcast Internet service for those who qualify.

Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or rskena@tribweb.com.

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