Desert Financial Credit Union kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week with 'Random Act of Kindness' surprise - AZEdNews
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Desert Financial Credit Union kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week with ‘Random Act of Kindness’ surprise


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  • Melissa Forbes/ Anderson on behalf of Desert Financial Credit Union

Desert Financial Credit Union Team Members Sam Jenkins And Amber Allen Present Anthony Estrada, Garfield Elementary PE Teacher, With Equipment For His School. Photo Courtesy Desert Financial Credit Union

National Teacher Appreciation Week kicked off earlier this week and Desert Financial Credit Union, which was founded 80 years ago this month by 15 teachers, was at the forefront of celebrations.

Arizona’s largest credit union donated $1,000 of volleyballs, basketballs and more to Garfield Elementary School’s physical education teacher.

Today was only the beginning. Throughout the week, Desert Financial will be providing educators with a total of $7,000 in supplies ranging from equipment for gym teachers at Emerson, Dunbar, Shaw Montessori and Capitol Elementary schools, to a washer/dryer set, to more than 100 books.

“We are thrilled to have our PE instructors recognized for their hard work by Desert Financial,” says Dr. Larry Weeks, Phoenix Elementary School District #1 CEO/Superintendent. “As we near the end of the school year, it is an especially poignant reminder to teachers that they are valued.”

Later in the week, Desert Financial will stop in the other PE instructor schools, then to Imagine Desert West Middle School, where $2,000 in books and gift baskets will be donated to the 8th grade teaching staff.

The school was nominated by a Desert Financial employee who heard about the classroom book wear and tear, and wanted to help get them replaced.

All donations were part of Desert Financial’s ‘Random Act of Kindness’ program, which is now in its second year. Underneath that larger program umbrella, a notable number of random acts are devoted to teacher appreciation.

“The fifteen teachers who founded Desert Schools Federal Credit Union 80 years ago did so with only $78.75,” said Cathy Graham, SVP, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Desert Financial. “With that small amount, they inspired who we are today. Though the credit union’s name has since changed, and membership opened to all Valley residents, we can honor our founders by continuing their legacy of supporting educators.”

Desert Financial will wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week with a donation of a washer/dryer unit this Friday at Liberty Arts Academy.

“We are beyond excited about our community partnership with Desert Financial Credit Union,” says Brady Wald, Principal of Liberty Arts Academy. “With this donation to our school, Desert Financial has a profound impact through their support and is helping us to achieve our mission of doing Whatever It Takes for students, families, and the community.”

About Desert Financial Credit Union

Celebrating 80 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state’s largest credit union with $4.6 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and 48 locations across the Valley.

As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Financial prides itself on sharing success with its members, its team and the wider community.

In 2018, Desert Financial gave $7 M back to the community and its members, including Teacher Appreciation and Random Acts of Kindness programs. Learn more at www.desertfinancial.com