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Education First FCU donates $3,360 to Silsbee ISD campuses

We’re Paying It Forward program benefits school districts annually in Southeast Texas.

JANUARY 29, 2021 – Education First Federal Credit Union distributed checks totaling over $48,000 to 128 local schools in Southeast Texas on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. The donations are made through its We’re Paying It Forward program.

This program was developed seven years ago to support local education while allowing Education First members to direct a portion of their own dollars back into the communities in which they live and work.

Silsbee ISD received a total of $3,360 for campuses which included checks to Laura Reeves Primary in the amount of $360, Edwards-Johnson Memorial Silsbee Middle School in the amount of $680, Silsbee Elementary in the amount of $610, and Silsbee High School in the amount of $1,710.

Checks were presented to Laura Reeves Primary Principal Tiffany Horton, Silsbee Elementary Principal Dr. Gerald Chandler, and Silsbee High School Principal Scott Schwartz during the We’re Paying It Forward Luncheon program on Wednesday.

Through the We’re Paying it Forward program, when an Education First member takes out a loan, the credit union donates a portion of that loan back to the school of that member’s choice. According to President and CEO of Education First, Kevin Conn, “Education First FCU was founded by teachers, so giving back to our schools and our students is in our DNA. The WPIF program is a great way for us to provide support to the schools in our field of membership. We look forward to continuing this for years to come.”

As the program grows in popularity yearly donations to area schools have more than tripled since the program’s inception from $13,000 in 2014 to $48,000 in 2021. To date, donations have totaled $240,000 in unrestricted funds to help supplement school budgets and allow local schools to direct the funds where they are needed most.

Silsbee ISD appreciates the generosity and support of Education First Federal Credit Union with its We’re Paying It Forward program.

SISD principals at luncheon

PHOTO: Present to accept checks donated at the Education First FCU We're Paying It Forward program luncheon were Silsbee ISD principals Dr. Gerald Chandler, Tiffany Horton and Scott Schwartz.