EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspirus, a statewide education-affiliated credit union, recently partnered with Everett's Greater Trinity Academy to help homeless and impoverished children in Snohomish County get a jumpstart to succeed in public school.
Today, Inspirus debuted a GoFundMe account to help Greater Trinity reach its $50,000 STEM program fundraising goal. The hands-on learning program develops students' cause-and-effect thinking and motivates them to build math and science skills critical for later STEM success.
Greater Trinity is unique among private schools. It combines small class size, highly trained staff, individualized programs, and social services to overcome obstacles that financially struggling families face. Currently, 25% of its students are homeless. No child is ever turned away for an inability to pay.
"Homelessness brings a great challenge to learning for a child, especially when the child comes to the program and hasn't had a healthy meal the night before," said Executive Director Paul A. Stoot, Sr. "We offer balance, where that child has six to eight hours of comfort during the day."
While Greater Trinity focuses on serving the greater Everett area, its students are far from alone in being impacted by homelessness. According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, more than 35,000 children have no home to sleep in at night across Washington. Fortunately, there's much we can do to help as members of a community passionate about education.
See the Greater Trinity story and meet Kye, an enthusiastic six-year-old, who embodies Greater Trinity's motto, "I can learn anything!" In just one year at Greater Trinity, he went from below grade level to above grade level and is now a thriving first-grader in public school. To share the story and learn more about how you can help, please visit inspirusCU.org/greater-trinity-academy.
About Inspirus Credit Union
Founded in 1936 by a Seattle math and journalism teacher, Inspirus serves about 80,000 members across Washington who share a passion for education. With $1.1 billion in assets, Inspirus operates branches in Seattle, Spokane, and Lynnwood. Its philanthropy model includes education-giveback programs that allow members to direct charitable contributions to schools in their communities. Inspirus employees donate upwards of 1,000 volunteer hours each year in support of education. In addition, Community Education Representatives provide free financial seminars, professional development, and recognition to school employees statewide. For more information, visit inspirusCU.org.
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