By Tolbert Smalls, Jr.
Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union opened its newest student-run branch at R.B. Stall High School on August 30.
The branch, which was built at the school on Ashley Phosphate Road, is open during the school’s lunch hour and is available to only students, faculty and staff member who will be able to make deposits, withdraw funds, make loan payments, and open memberships.
The banking services program involves 16 students and a teacher, Wanda Brown, who was selected by principal Jeremy Carrick. The new staff participated in training at the Rivers Avenue branch of Heritage Trust during the summer.
Brown was all smiles during the grand opening ceremony and is glad that her students took the program seriously. “I’m proud of our students who decided to join the program. They are smart kids and were very respectful and well-behaved during the process”, said Brown. “The Heritage Trust staff did a great job with these kids and I think this will help them move forward in their careers,” said Brown.
Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union now has branches at several high schools in the area including Goose Creek, Summerville and Cane Bay. The purpose of the program is to teach students the importance of financial literacy that will help them make critical financial decisions in their journey to adulthood.
Tatiana Smalls, a student that joined the program, was excited be a part of Heritage Trust Credit Union. “I decided to join the Heritage Trust team when a representative came to our school to introduce the program. I like that I have the opportunity to know how to manage my money and be able to help others do the same. It’s also great to know that I’ll have an opportunity to join the credit union when I graduate from high school”, she said.
Tatiana’s parents, Ebony and Corey Spann, are proud of their daughter and look forward to what she learns from the program. “This program will provide our kids with financial guidance, an advantage that we did not have when we were in school. It puts them on the fast track for their financial futures,” her father said.
The event was attended by parents, members of the credit union’s executive team, the HTFCU Board of Directors, along with local dignitaries and Charleston County School District Board of Trustees members.