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Delta Community Announces Winners of Youth Month Essay Contest

Credit Union Awards $100 Savings Accounts to 13 Metro Atlanta Elementary School Students

ATLANTA (May 18, 2018) – Delta Community Credit Union (, Georgia’s largest credit union with $5.8 billion in assets, recently awarded 13 metro Atlanta students each a $100 Savings Account after they submitted winning entries in its third annual Youth Month Essay Contest.

Delta Community hosts its essay contest each April during National Credit Union Youth Month, which this year urged children to save money now, so they can “Reach for the Stars” in the future. Delta Community leveraged this national theme for its essay contest, which asked students at 13 of the Credit Union’s Partners in Education schools how saving helps them reach for the stars.

Participating educators said the contest not only gave students a chance to practice writing and language skills, it also inspired important conversations about financial responsibility.

Aaron Adams

Third-grader Aaron Adams, at Jackson Elementary School, says he saves money to buy books. “I read lots of books so I can go to college; reading helps me reach for the stars,” wrote Aaron.

Emmanuel Akinsanya

Emmanuel Akinsanya, a third-grader at Cobb County’s Brumby Elementary School, says saving helps him reach for the stars by providing funds for college.

Bana Alkhatib

Amana Academy third-grader Bana Alkhatib believes saving money will fund her dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. She says she will start at least three companies and use the profits to help homeless people.

Addison Branum

Addison Branum, a third-grader at Hickory Flat Elementary, says saving money will help fund her college education, allowing her to achieve her career goal of becoming a teacher.

Drew Del Mastro

Drew Del Mastro, at Findley Oaks Elementary, wrote that saving money will allow her to support organizations, such as those which help children who have mental or physical challenges, which are important to her.

Ariana Gibson

Fifth-grader Ariana Gibson, at East Side Elementary School, said thoughtful people helped her family and she wants to do the same. “I will reach for the stars by helping other people,” wrote Ariana.

Ella Greenberg

Ella Greenberg, a fourth-grader at Oak Grove Elementary, said if she saves money now she will be able to live in the house she wants when she grows up, and also go on vacations and have some free time.

Michael Mazzanti

Fourth-grader Michael Mazzanti, at Peachtree City Elementary, said saving money will allow him to take flying lessons, buy his own airplane and log flight miles so he can get a job as a commercial airline pilot.

Lorena Negron

In Lorena Negron’s essay, the fifth-grader at Dowell Elementary School explains it’s important to help people with the money you make and save, and that will allow you to reach for the stars.

Ziah Owens

Fifth-grader Ziah Owens, at Atlanta’s Hope Hill Elementary, says her savings will provide start-up money for her own line of apparel. “All dreams start with a plan,” wrote Ziah. “One dream of mine is to start my own clothing line…having resources is crucial for turning my dreams into reality.”

Adityavikram Panwar

Burnette Elementary School fifth-grader Adityavikram Panwar says saving money will allow him to get an education, help his family, buy a house and give back to those who have helped him throughout life.

Parker Smith

Parker Smith, a fourth-grader at the Museum School of Avondale Estates, wrote that saving money and helping the poor makes her feel like she’s a rocket shooting toward the stars. She adds, “A sub-goal and a favorite of mine is to give money to zoos.”

Cidney Thompson

Woodland Elementary fifth-grader Cidney Thompson wrote, “A lot of people and kids are struggling. Let’s help!” She says she wants to save money so she can inspire others to help people in need.

In addition to April’s Youth Month activities, Delta Community invests in financial literacy and education throughout the year by providing an array of free workshops and educational materials through its partnerships with schools, an annual scholarship program, a Philanthropic Fund grant-making program and 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 better service and value on the products consumers use to manage household expenses and save for the future. Founded in 1940, Delta Community is Georgia’s largest credit union with more than 375,000 members, 24 metro Atlanta branches and three out-of-state branch locations. It welcomes anyone living or working in metro Atlanta as well as employees of more than 150 businesses including Chick-fil-A, Delta Air Lines, RaceTrac and UPS. Please visit to learn more about opening an account at Delta Community or follow the Credit Union on Facebook at and Twitter at @DeltaCommunity.