Deeply committed to financial literacy for youth, Capital offers opportunities for students of all ages to learn about smart money management.
Capital’s Critters Savings Club
Children age 12 and younger are encouraged to save as part of the Capital’s Critters Club! It’s free, and when kids sign up they receive a free savings pail and their very own Capital Critter stamp card, so they can track how much they’re saving. For every visit that a deposit is made, Critters members get a stamp on their Capital's Critters card (up to $10 = one stamp, any deposit over $10 = 2 stamps.)
It's a simple way to support kids’ saving habits, and completed cards are entered in a quarterly drawing. Each month, two lucky winners receive a direct deposit of $25 into their Capital savings account, along with other kid-friendly prizes. To find out more about this fun way for kids to save, call or visit any Capital office!
Download these free Capital's Critters Club coloring pages!
Elementary School Programs and Tours
Capital also partners with Little Chute Elementary School for a Credit Union Classroom 2nd Grade program each spring. In a letter sent out from the school by 2nd grade teacher/coordinator, and parents are informed about the program and invited to help their child save and learn as part of the unit. Children get a free activity/color book, and volunteer instructors from Capital teach kids in a fun, instructional session, a game day, and finally, a classroom tour of a credit union office.
In addition, we offer office tours for elementary age children through their schools or clubs such as the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. For more information about how your child or their school or group can benefit from these financial literacy efforts, contact the Marketing Department at Capital.
High School Programs
Capital Credit Union has a long-standing relationship with the administration and teachers at Kimberly High School (KHS) and works very closely with them as part of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) program in their Personal Finance and Life on Your Own classes. As part of that program, volunteer presenters from Capital help educate between 275-300 students each school year. Capital employees present at the school on a variety of topics, including saving, budgeting, checking accounts, debit and credit cards, loans and careers.
Capital also sponsors and is actively involved in other high-school focused financial literacy efforts, including the Fox Cities Regional Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl in the spring and the Reality Store budgeting simulation for high school students in the fall.
One of the many ways we invest in the future of our young members is with the Capital Scholarship program for graduating high school seniors. Each year seven $1,000 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors planning to attend a two or four-year post-secondary school and who live in our charter area of Outagamie, Calumet, Winnebago or Brown counties. Application packets are usually available in December at high school guidance offices, Capital Credit Union offices and online at capitalcu.com. Submission deadline is usually in early February, with awards announced at high school awards ceremonies in the spring.