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Champion Credit Union donation gives teachers a deserved boost

fr championChampion Credit Union donated $100,000 last week to nine local school systems in the communities it serves — including Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.

“Given the recent struggles of the North Carolina public school system, we felt like this was the perfect time to interject and show our support for them,” said Jake Robinson, president and CEO of Champion Credit Union.

Haywood County Schools Superintendent Anne Garrett said the donation means a lot — not only in the tangible benefits but also as a pick-me-up and morale booster, affirming to those who work in education they are appreciated by the larger community.

“What a nice thing for a bank to do for a school system,” Garrett said.

Champion Credit Union earmarked the contribution for teacher training and development.

“They realized there is a real shortage of funds for teacher development,” Garrett said.

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Training is not only critical to stay current with curriculum and best practices, but also helps teachers stay energized and enthusiastic about the calling of education.

“Because of budget constraints, teachers wanting to persue continuing education have had to pay for it out of their own pocket, and we don’t think that’s good,” Robinson said. 

The donation from Champion Credit Union was the culmination of its “Schooled on Savings” campaign last year.

Champion Credit Union pledged up front to give back to schools as a thank you to customers who refinanced loans and mortgages.

If Champion Credit Union reached its goal of collectively saving customers $100,000 on loan refinancing, it pledged to award $100,000 to local public schools.

“Because of our members choosing to borrow with us, we are investing back into their communities,” said Noralynn Gudger, marketing manager with Champion Credit Union.

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