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BHS students helping create credit union branch at their school

Burnsville High School students are involved with the development of an in-house credit union branch that will open at their school next year.   

Burnsville High School students (from left to right) Cullen Kittams, Blake Robinson and Emma Hovde are among several helping to develop a Firefly Credit Union branch at the school.

They’re helping plan the branch office in collaboration with Firefly Credit Union’s executive team and with architects of the current high school renovation project.

Students have been assisting with the planning process from day one – aiding decisions on how the branch will look, from exterior signage to indoor finishes, and how the branch will operate on a day-to-day basis. 

“Firefly is not looking for Burnsville High School to be a traditional branch location. We’re starting from a clean slate and asking the students what they want,” said Marty Kelly, SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at Firefly Credit Union. “It is a combination of access to funds and education.”

Burrsville High School students will also staff the credit union, which will be located within the new activities/athletics center addition on the south side of the school now being constructed as part of Vision One91.

“We appreciate partnerships like this that are helping us expand learning and create career pathways for our students,” said Burnsville High School Principal Dave Helke.

Many of the students involved in the planning of the in-school branch are members of DECA, a school club that prepares students to be college and career ready.

“This is an incredible opportunity for students,” said Meggan Malone, DECA advisor at BHS. “They are learning and gaining real-world experiences which will benefit them in many ways.”

Students involved in the credit union project are Cullen Kittams, Zach McGovern, Jacob Norring and Blake Robinson, all of Burnsville High School, and Emma Hovde, currently an eighth-grader at Eagle Ridge Junior High.

Students attended a recent Firefly Board meeting where they learned about credit union governance as well as a variety of updates including the kickoff of a new media campaign.

“Inviting the Burnsville High School DECA students to attend the monthly board meeting is a great way not only to keep our board up-to-date on this future branch, but also to help foster the students’ knowledge of our brand as they continue to make important decisions regarding the in-school branch,” said Bill Raker, President/CEO of Firefly Credit Union.

Located one mile from Firefly’s corporate office, the in-school branch will provide many students with opportunities to learn and develop business and finance skills. This project is part of a multi-faceted relationship between BHS and Firefly, which also includes an annual scholarship to a graduating senior and classroom visits on financial education.

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 09:14