Holly Mottern, first-grade teacher at Happy Valley Elementary, is the latest Northeast Community Credit Union Helping Teacher’s Teach grant winner.

Mottern is using the grant to purchase a large classroom rug for her students to gather on during lessons and read aloud story times.

“A classroom rug allows children to gather and gain a sense of community within our room,” Mottern said. “Students will be able to enjoy read alouds along with whole group interactive lessons rather than having to remain at their desks for long periods of time.”

Northeast Community Credit Union awards $300 every month to a classroom to be utilized for classroom needs, classroom activities, and academic enrichment.  Helping Teachers Teach is open to teachers within Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Sullivan and Washington counties who are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Area teachers may become members online or at any NCCU location and can download the grant application on the credit union’s website:  www.BeMyCU.org.

Lisa McGinnis, counselor at Unaka High School, is the latest Northeast Community Credit Union Helping Teacher’s Teach grant winner.

McGinnis used the grant to purchase an industrial fan to use in the Unaka High School gymnasium during class time and extra-curricular activities. The gym does not have air conditioning and the windows cannot be opened because birds, bugs and other wildlife will enter the building.

“During the day when classes are going on, the only fresh air that could come in would be from opening the main doors into our hallway,” McGinnis said. “However, due to security, these doors must remain closed at all times when students are present. With no air movement, the gym has unbearable temperatures for students. No student wants to be in a class that causes sweat to drop from their heads and to begin their day with a bad feeling about themselves.”

Northeast Community Credit Union awards $300 every month to a classroom to be utilized for classroom needs, classroom activities, and academic enrichment. Helping Teachers Teach is open to teachers within Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Sullivan and Washington counties who are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Area teachers may become members online or at any NCCU location and can download the grant application on the credit union’s website: www.BeMyCU.org.

Anna Densford, kindergarten teacher at Doe Elementary, is the latest Northeast Community Credit Union Helping Teacher’s Teach grant winner.

Densford used the grant to purchase supplies for the school’s kindergarten graduation program. Each family will be given a graduation ticket and a commemorative photo of their child and each student will be given a T-shirt.

“This will create a positive experience that will celebrate their hard work throughout the school year,” Densford said. “It is a reward for all of our students during this extremely difficult school year.”

Northeast Community Credit Union awards $300 every month to a classroom to be utilized for classroom needs, classroom activities, and academic enrichment.  Helping Teachers Teach is open to teachers within Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Sullivan and Washington counties who are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Area teachers may become members online or at any NCCU location and can download the grant application on the credit union’s website:  www.BeMyCU.org.

Courtney Taylor, Response to Intervention Coordinator at Hunter Elementary, is the latest Northeast Community Credit Union Helping Teacher’s Teach grant winner.

Taylor plans to use the grant to purchase literacy tools for kindergarten through second grade students at Hunter Elementary. The materials would include reading dice, self-correcting methods and word sorts that focus on beginning reading sounds.

“Students will be having fun while they learn,” Taylor said. “These resources will be used in small groups and students will play games and improve their basic reading skills.”

Northeast Community Credit Union awards $300 every month to a classroom to be utilized for classroom needs, classroom activities, and academic enrichment.  Helping Teachers Teach is open to teachers within Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Sullivan and Washington counties who are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Area teachers may become members online or at any NCCU location and can download the grant application on the credit union’s website:  www.BeMyCU.org.

We enjoyed working with the UT Extension Office staff at Happy Valley High School this week.

This ‘Real Life’ Simulation includes coaching teens through choosing careers, buying cars, finding homes, and how to handle those annoying ’curveballs’ life throws at us.

Thanks for having us, Emily Barton – it’s always an interesting (and fun!) experience!

Northeast Community Credit Union is helping sponsor Happy Valley Elementary School’s End of the Year Celebration event to reward the students for all their hard work during this unconventional school year.

“This is to reward students who have worked so diligently during these unprecedented times while maintaining a positive outlook for learning,” said Julie Winegar, second-grade teacher at Happy Valley Elementary. “We want to celebrate their efforts and success as we wrap up the 2020-2021 school year.”

Northeast Community Credit Union has been serving our community since October 1952 when it was chartered as a credit union by the State of Tennessee. Northeast Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative. It is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Carter, Johnson, Washington, Unicoi and Sullivan counties along with their immediate family members.

Christie Malone, fifth-grade math teacher at East Side Elementary, is the latest Northeast Community Credit Union Helping Teacher’s Teach grant winner.

Malone plans to use the grant to purchase two Polaroid instant cameras and film. This equipment would allow Malone’s students to create a “math newsletter” along with other projects such as a monthly classroom bulletin board, lesson projects and presentation boards.

“Students can be in control of taking pictures of our classroom projects, highlights of our lessons, and post these pictures along with work samples on a bulletin board for our peers and classmates to see,” Malone said. “This project would allow all fifth-grade students to be involved in something that they have never been able to be a part of. It would build their confidence, create new friendships and be a fun way to create something for the school to see.”

Northeast Community Credit Union awards $300 every month to a classroom to be utilized for classroom needs, classroom activities, and academic enrichment.  Helping Teachers Teach is open to teachers within Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Sullivan and Washington counties who are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Area teachers may become members online or at any NCCU location and can download the grant application on the credit union’s website:  www.BeMyCU.org.

Northeast Community Credit Union donated funds to AdaptoPlay to provide accessible and inclusive

play and toys for all children.

AdaptoPlay is a non-profit, all volunteer program that strives to create an inclusive and independent play environment. AdaptoPlay takes traditional toys, such as ride-on vehicles, and modifies them to meet the individual child’s needs.

AdaptoPlay serves children with disabilities from spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, cerebral palsy, amputations, muscular dystrophy, neuromuscular disease, deafness/hearing impairments, blindness/vision impairment and others.

For more information, call 423-930-9114 or visit www.adaptoplay.org

Northeast Community Credit Union has been serving the community since October 1952 when it was chartered as a credit union by the State of Tennessee. Northeast Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative. It is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Carter, Johnson, Washington, Unicoi and Sullivan counties along with their immediate family members.

Northeast Community Credit Union is honored to announce it has once again earned BauerFinancial’s highest 5-Star Superior rating.

A 5-Star rating indicates that Northeast Community Credit Union is one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation, excelling in such areas as capital, loan quality, profitability and much more.

Bauer Financial is the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm since 1983. The 5-Star rating is the highest ranking the banking industry research firm can assign a financial institution and denotes the highest level of financial performance.

NCCU has also earned the placement of being on Bauer Financials “Recommended Credit Union Report.”

“The 5-Star Rating by BauerFinancial indicates that Northeast Community Credit Union excels in nearly all measurable areas,” said NCCU President/CEO Teresa Arnold. “The rating places us in the top tier of financial institutions in the United States. We are honored by the ranking and are committed to continue providing the highest level of service to our members every day. The credit union has maintained its top-tier status for decades. What this means for this community is that our institution is safe, financially sound, and consistently operating well above all regulatory capital requirements.”

Northeast Community Credit Union has been serving the community since October 1952 when it was chartered as a credit union by the State of Tennessee. Northeast Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative. It is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Carter, Johnson, Washington, Unicoi and Sullivan counties along with their immediate family members.

For more information, visit www.BeMyCU.org or call 423-547-1200.