Local Schools Swipe Texas Trust Debit Cards

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Texas Trust donated more than $225,000 to five school districts in north Texas in the last 12 months. The schools received 15 cents every time a Texas Trust Spirit Debit Reward Card was used to make a purchase.

Texas Trust offers more than 35 Spirit Reward Debit card designs, many custom designed by students.

Texas Trust has given us a tool to easily raise money to supplement our budget, which continues to be squeezed.

Schools in Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Athens school districts received more than $225,000 from Texas Trust Credit Union between August 2012 and August 2013 through the Spirit Debit Reward card. Since the inception of the program in August 2011, Texas Trust has donated nearly $340,000.

Texas Trust gives partnering schools 15 cents every time their Spirit Debit Reward card is used to make a purchase. Each school has a unique custom designed card that is available for members to use as an easy way to financially support the school of their choice. Within the five school districts, 14 high schools, two administration offices and one education foundation participate in the program.

Grand Prairie ISD and Mansfield ISD more than doubled what they earned the first year of the program with $89,721.93 and $72,129.59 respectively. Cedar Hill ISD received $47,856.81, and Athens ISD $19,161.04. The highest earning individual school, Cedar Hill High School, received $47,856.81. Schools receive a check each month based on the previous months card usage, which they can spend as they deem appropriate.

Texas Trust Spirit Debit cardholders have made more than two million purchases with the cards to date.

"Texas Trust has given us a tool to easily raise money to supplement our budget, which continues to be squeezed," said Tammy Mariani, Principal at Cedar Hill High School. "The Spirit card also allows alumni, or anyone in the community, to support the high school indirectly just by using the Spirit Reward card for everyday purchases."

The Spirit Debit Reward card is part of Texas Trust's Spirit in Action campaign. Schools earn additional cash rewards when members open checking accounts, take out auto loans, personal loans or mortgages. Cardholders and schools can track how much money is being raised from the Spirit Debit Reward Card for their designated school on the Spirit Rewards Meter.

About Texas Trust Credit Union
Texas Trust, one of the largest credit unions in North Texas and the 21st largest in Texas, provides financial services that enable members to build brighter financial futures. It has been operating for more than 75 years. 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 more than $760 million, Texas Trust operates in Dallas, Tarrant, and Henderson counties, as well as parts of Ellis and Johnson counties. It has 12 branches located 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 http://www.TexasTrustCU.org.

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