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A $2,500 REAL Solutions Initiative Grant from the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation is helping Blackhawk Community Credit Union in Janesville offer web-based lessons in personal finance to students from grades K-12.


The credit union is working with the Janesville School District, where the credit union operates two student-run credit union branches, to incorporate financial education materials into the K-12 curriculum.

Financial education apps like this one will help students from K-12 learn money management using 20 iPads purchased with grant funds.


Using grant funds, the credit union purchased 10 iPads that serve as portable teaching devices. Each iPad includes 20 applications that the credit union researched and selected to meet the needs of various grade levels on key financial topics and appeal to student interests.


This summer the credit union is designing activities for which students will use the iPad to engage in financial learning and decision-making. Lessons will cover such areas as saving and wealth building, improving creditworthiness and budgeting.

The credit union is also training six of its student tellers as Financial Literacy Student Ambassadors. They will serve as role models and leaders providing peer-to-peer financial education.


Thanks in part to its partnership with the credit union, the District is requiring all students to complete a financial literacy course prior to graduation, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.


How could your credit union help members with a little financial assistance? Read the guidelines for a REAL Solutions Initiative Grant and apply by July 1.


For more information on Blackhawk Community's effort, contact Chris Murwin, Director of Member Service, at (608) 314-1416

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