Oklahoma Educators Credit Union has been helping educators across Oklahoma build their success stories since 2000. Through its Teacher Grant Program, OECU has impacted countless teachers and students over the years.
In 2016, OECU awarded over $24,000 to 86 different teachers in connecting with their students in memorable ways. A total of 64 different schools in 31 districts across the state received funds for use in Pre-K through 12th Grade classrooms.
The story doesn’t stop there, though. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Each teacher used the funds to creatively reinforce math, reading, spelling, and other important skills. Each grant recipient has built their own story and a few shared them with us:
Kindergarten is often the first real school experience for young children, so it’s important to begin cultivating a love of learning early on. Books are a great tool for encouraging students to learn and use their imaginations. That’s why Mariann developed a proposal for a new Reading Center in her Kindergarten classroom.
She’s been able to use this new resource to teach her students the fundamentals of reading. “We’re enjoying our alphabet, sign word, and phonic resources,” said Mariann.
As an elementary music teacher, Nicole knew the significant role that the arts play in forming a child’s view of the world. Armed with that knowledge, she wrote a proposal for a new interactive musical curriculum that would help her students tie the music into other areas of learning. “My students love singing a book, and the rhymes and fingerplays are reinforcing literacy skills in our school,” said Nicole.
Anyone who’s ever spent more than five minutes with a young child knows how tough it is for them to sit still for very long. Pam decided that rather than trying to keep her students from fidgeting, she’d embrace their excess energy and give them an outlet that wouldn’t take away from the learning environment. Her grant proposal requested six seats that were specially designed to help her students with ADHD. “Thank you for buying ‘wiggle stools’ for our students. They love them and so do we,” said Pam.
Our members are the backbone of this credit union and, as such, they help make our Teacher Grant Program possible year after year. Due to the program’s continued success, OECU is once again requesting grant proposals for the 2017-2018 school year.
All active OECU members who see a need in their classroom are invited to submit their ideas using the online proposal form found at oecu.com. While we’d love to fund every proposal, our resources are limited. For that reason, not all applicants will receive a grant.
- Classroom start-up requests for first year teachers needing materials to prepare the classroom for school.
- Innovative or imaginative programs, projects, services, or activities which emphasize new approaches to teaching, stimulate thought, and expand existing curriculum.
- Educators who are in need within the classroom, and can demonstrate the usefulness of receiving grant funding.
- iPads/Kindle Fire/Tablets
- Field Trips
Active members of OECU who are teachers or other school personnel. Not an OECU member? Becoming one is easy! Simply come to one of our branches and open a Share Savings Account by depositing and maintaining a minimum balance of $5. It is not a fee. The deposit is yours and it represents your “share” in Oklahoma Educators Credit Union.
Grant recipients will be chosen by a committee based on the information provided by the applicant including: reason for the project, clearly stated goals, innovative ideas shown, and credit union membership. Awards will range from $100 to $500. Decision of the committee will be final.
If your proposal is approved, you will be notified via letter or email. Your grant money will be presented to you at a reception in August.
Friday, June 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm
The online application is up and running! Click here to submit your grant proposal.
If you’d prefer to submit a hard copy, click here to download a printable PDF application. You can then return the application to any OECU branch.