Greater Iowa Credit Union is seeking applications for its annual ProjectClassroom program, which each year provides $1,000 grants to four K-5 schools within the credit union’s 33-county field of membership.
Last year’s program saw grants presented to East Sac County Middle School in Sac City, Iowa; North Tama Elementary in Traer, Iowa; St. Cecilia School, Ames, Iowa; and the Ames Community School District, Ames, Iowa.
“This is one of the most rewarding things we do at the credit union,” said Michael Adams, vice president of marketing and public relations. “Now in its fourth year, ProjectClassroom gives us an opportunity to contribute something significant to school kids. Teachers love the program; administrators love the program. And we love the opportunity to visit the schools and give them a check in person.”
Each spring, Greater Iowa launches a new call for entries with winning schools announced in October. The deadline for entries is September 1 of each year. The criteria used for selecting the winning schools includes an essay that addresses how the funds will help enhance the academic environment of the school and whether the projects are of a “compelling, creative or unique” nature.
For more information about ProjectClassroom and to view a map of the credit union’s field of membership, visit the Greater Iowa Web site at: www.greateriowacu.org
One of the 2013 Project Classroom winners was Lisa Chizek’s fifth graders at North Tama Elementary in Traer. Their winning funds purchased spectrometers, which will help to increase engagement in the study of light and the light spectrum. The other 2013 winners were East Sac County Middle School in Sac City, St. Cecilia in Ames and Ames Community Schools.
Greater Iowa Credit Union has a 33-county field of membership that includes all of central Iowa and extends west to Crawford and its contiguous counties. The credit union, with 31,000 members and assets of $345 million, is headquartered in Ames and has seven retail branches in Ames, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Indianola and Denison.