Unison is committed to financial education
Programs & Presentations
Unison Credit Union is committed to promoting positive financial habits in the lives of students from an early age. Our classroom presentations are designed to be grade specific. They cover topics such as saving, budgeting and ways to avoid making decisions that could result in years of financial pain – such as incurring unmanageable debt; as well as information on accounts, loans and other products and services that will help students gain the knowledge they need to stay on the path to a bright financial future.
To schedule a classroom presentation or for more information, please contact Laura at 920-766-6000.
Classroom Credit Union
The Classroom Credit Union (CCU) program began in 1994 with visits to two schools in the Kaukauna School District. In 2014 we reached 20 second grade classrooms totaling over 450 students at five schools in the Kaukauna, Wrightstown and Little Chute School Districts.
Through the CCU program, second graders have the opportunity to learn about financial concepts that relate to topics they have previously touched on in their social studies and math lessons. Over a five-month period from January to May, we visit individual classrooms to talk about the different concepts and do hands-on activities with the students.
Students learn about the importance of saving, the concept of a checking account and the loan process. Their final experience is a trip to the credit union for a tour and graduation ceremony.
At the end of the CCU program, students are rewarded with the special opportunity to open their own savings account – with Unison providing the first deposit!
Reality Store and Reality Check
Each Spring Unison sponsors and assists with the Kaukauna High School Reality Store and the Little Chute High School Reality Check. Reality Store and Reality Check are simulation games in which students are assigned a career, marital status and family size. They are given a mock checkbook with the monthly income entered for their specific career. Students then visit booths manned by community members at which they pay their monthly bills. At each booth, students make decisions concerning a standard of living they'll assume. For example, at the housing booth (manned by a Realtor), students decide if they want to pay for a one-bedroom efficiency apartment or a five-bedroom home. Following the event, students discuss the impact of the educational choices they make today on their ability to enter various occupations and support their future desired standard of living.