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Berenstain Bears Road Trip Promotes Financial Literacy & School Spirit

Fun-Filled Assembly was Prize for Winning School Spirit Contest

The Berenstain Bears visited Woodlyn Elementary School in Ridley, PA, Thursday, June 9, 2016 as part of a special story time assembly, which the students earned after winning Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union’s annual School Spirit Contest. The second consecutive online contest was open to all elementary schools participating in The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program, sponsored by FMFCU, of which ten competed. Woodlyn Elementary School secured more than 8,000 votes, surpassing another Ridley School District contender by nearly 2,000 votes.

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Woodlyn Elementary School 2nd Grade class with Brother Bear, Sister Bear, Teachers Jessica Wyatt and Ali DiMartino-Wilson (l-r kneeling), and (l-r back row) Mrs. LuAnn Crosby, Director of Curriculum; Ms. Beverly H. Kapanjie, Vice President Ridley School Board; Mrs. Brenda Sweeney, Principal; and FMFCU employees.

The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program is an educational suite that appeals to children under 10 years old. FMFCU employs a staff of certified educators who go into the schools to present financial literacy lessons. Students in Kindergarten through Third Grade who have received the lesson are then invited to FMFCU headquarters for a field trip, at no cost to the school. The trip includes a tour of FMFCU’s Broomall Branch and hands-on role playing in Bear Country Credit Union, an 1100 square foot interactive financial literacy center.

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Rick Durante, FMFCU VP Education presents Collector’s Edition of The Berenstain Bears Visit the Credit Union to Woodlyn Principal Brenda Sweeney (center) for the school library. Also photographed are (l-r) Larry Schuelie, Market Manager, FMFCU; LuAnn Crosby, Director of Curriculum RSD; Beverly Kapanjie, RSD Board Vice President; and four second grade students who assisted with story time activities.

FMFCU Partners in Education funds transportation for the field trips and books that are given to thousands of students each school year. The program was developed in response to the documented need for financial education in the United States and the curriculum complies with national standards for Financial Literacy. The responsible money management concept Save, Share, Spend, Earn is fundamental to The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program.