Delta Community Announces Winners of 2017 Youth Month Essay Contest
Credit Union Awards $100 Savings Accounts to 11 Metro Atlanta Elementary School Students
ATLANTA (May 25, 2017) – Delta Community Credit Union (www.DeltaCommunityCU.com), Georgia’s largest credit union with more than $5 billion in assets, recently awarded 11 metro Atlanta students with $100 Savings Accounts after they submitted winning entries in its 2017 Youth Month Essay Contest.
Now in its second year, Delta Community’s essay contest runs concurrently with National Credit Union Youth Month, which this year urged children to “Give a Hoot” about saving. Delta Community leveraged this national theme for its essay contest which asked students at 11 of its established Partners in Education (PIE) schools why it is wise to save for the future.
Participating educators said the contest inspired important conversations about financial responsibility and independence and motivated many students to consider how they earn, spend and save money.
Fourth grader Cecilia Amartey, at Cobb County’s Brumby Elementary, is looking ahead. She wrote that “saving money is a gift to my future self. It will help me pay for college and, later, a home without having to depend so much on my parents.”
Jizelle Anderson, at The Museum School in Decatur, pointed out that a strong savings account helps you afford things that are important to you and can also help you attend college.
Fifth grader Rahul Boggavarapu, at Atlanta’s Woodland Elementary School, noted that saving money helps pay for emergencies and can prevent having to go into debt to cover unexpected expenses.
In Zynia Cooper’s essay, the fourth grader at Jackson Elementary School urged peers to “ask yourself this question: why would you spend all your money on things you don’t need? Save your money!”
Third grader Jadeyn Harvey, at Peachtree City Elementary School, wrote that compound interest will allow her savings account to grow far larger than the actual amount she must earn and save.
In Cobb County, East Side Elementary School’s Aashna Kshirsagar said saving money enables you to be prepared to take advantage of opportunities, such as college, and to avoid stress when confronted with emergencies, such as a job loss.
Third grader Aryan Singh, who attends Marietta’s Dowell Elementary School, said it is wise to save money because “the future is uncertain, so we should save money just as ants save food for the winter.”
Sanvi Singh, at Findley Oaks Elementary, wrote that a strong savings account can help you have money for material things, as well as wonderful life experience, such as travel.
Fifth grader Otis Swain said it is wise to save money so that you do not have to borrow money.
Boden Walker, a fourth grader at Atlanta’s Hope-Hill Elementary School, said a savings account will allow him to help others in need, and to make his community a better place.
At Burnette Elementary School in Gwinnett County, Nicholas Yelle wrote that saving money is a wise investment that will help him and his family have a better life.
In addition to April’s Youth Month activities, Delta Community invests in financial literacy and education throughout the year by providing an array of workshops and educational materials to young members through partnerships with schools, an annual scholarship program, a Philanthropic Fund grant-making program and also offers additional classes through its Financial Education Center.
About Delta Community Credit Union
Delta Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative with a mission of providing consumers better service and value on the deposit, loan, investment and insurance products they use to manage their household expenses and save for the future. Founded in 1940, Delta Community has become Georgia’s largest credit union with more than 350,000 members and 26 branch locations. It now welcomes residents of 11 metro Atlanta counties and employees of more than 150 businesses, including Chick-fil-A, Delta Air Lines, RaceTrac and UPS. Visit www.DeltaCommunityCU.com to learn more about opening an account at Delta Community or follow the Credit Union on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DeltaCommunity and Twitter at @DeltaCommunity.