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Credit Union News: American Eagle, Members 1st & Vantage Credit Unions

Credit unions are making a difference in their communities, from spreading awareness to supporting local schools. Check out the latest news from American Eagle Credit Union, Members 1st Credit Union and Vantage Credit Union!

American Eagle Credit Union TV Commercial Wins Emmy

American Eagle Credit Union’s (St. Louis, MO) 30-second TV commercial for mobile banking and free checking recently won the Mid-America Emmy from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-America Chapter. The Emmy trophy was presented at a gala ceremony in Branson, MO on September 30, 2016.

The commercial was created and produced from the vision and creativity of AECU Chief Marketing Officer, Pier Alsup, Hired Gun Video and Rukus Media. It features original choreography and performance by Tyrus “SmallTalk” Watson.  

“Our members have responded quite favorably to the commercial," says Alsup, “so we’re thrilled the television industry would honor it with an award, too.”  The commercial airs on local St. Louis channels.

Members 1st Credit Union Donates to Middle School Book Fair

Members 1st Credit Union (St. Louis, MO) donated $250 to Washington Middle School's Scholastic Book Fair fundraising drive.

The donation will help them replenish the library's supply of books. This was one area where budget cuts were not reserved when taxpayers approved the rate increase for the school district. 

Vantage Presents Monica Fanning with $500 For Classroom Upgrades

Vantage Credit Union (St. Louis, MO) presented Monica Fanning, Coordinator of the Special School District’s preschool and elementary programs for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, with a ceremonial check in the amount of $500. She was randomly chosen from 105 entries in the credit union’s classroom upgrade competition. Qualifying educators submitted ideas for classroom enhancements for their chance to win.

Pictured (from left) are prize winner, Monica Fanning, Special School District Area Coordinator, Deaf/Hard of Hearing; Deb Crowder, Special School District Director, ECSE; Kerri Wetzel, Director, Ladue Early Childhood Center; and Don Bohannon, Special School District Superintendent.

Fanning submitted her idea for the Ladue Early Childhood Program after finding the contest online on her credit union’s website. Because of the diversity of her student population she wants to enhance her classrooms with culturally diverse learning materials that all students can enjoy and relate to. The funds will be shared amongst several classrooms and will allow the teachers to purchase items that wouldn’t necessarily be budgeted for.  

“It’s important to provide hands on materials that engage students’ imaginations,” said Fanning. “What a blessing to be able to purchase specific materials that offer real-life experiences to help them learn the language skills they’ll need to be successful in school.”

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