Inspirus Credit Union donates $35,000 to local classrooms

Inspirus Credit Union's Morgan Cole (center) and Marit Ernst (left) delivers a convection oven to Mrs. Caesar's (right) class.
Inspirus Credit Union’s Morgan Cole (center) and Marit Ernst (left) delivers a convection oven to Mrs. Caesar’s (right) class.

A group of 24 Edmonds School District teachers with ideas for unique classroom projects and activities now have the materials they need, thanks to Ispirus Credit Union and its members.

Inspirus Credit Union was started 80 years ago by a math teacher in Seattle. Last month, the credit union opened a branch in Lynnwood. To celebrate, they did the one thing they love to do most: give back to local teachers.

“We have been donating to classrooms across the state for over a year now,” Inspirus spokeswoman Sherry Lotze said.

Inspirus Credit Union and its members donated more than $35,000 to the Edmonds School District using a website called Donors Choose, where prospective donors can select which project they wanted to donate to and how much money they wanted to give. In addition, Inspirus Credit Union also donated to projects.

Once the materials were shipped, they were delivered to classrooms throughout the district. One such school was Beverly Elementary School. Three classes received their supplies on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Kindergarten teacher Lisa Brizendine was given boxes full of books to stock the library in her room. Her class applauded as she opened the box.

Third grade teacher Cheryl Caesar received several boxes containing a convection oven and cooking supplies so she can cook with her class. Her class shouted that they were excited to make apple muffins and apple cakes, but groaned when she pulled out a big box of dish washing soap.

“We hope you have a lot of fun cooking, learning and cleaning up,” Inspirus marketing coordinator Morgan Cole said.

Third grade teacher Wynne Webster also received a donation. Hers contained marble towers, arts and crafts materials and math puzzles so her class can learn with their hands.

These were just three of the 24 projects that received donations from Inspirus Credit Union and its members. Beverly Elementary School Principal Danielle Sanders said the timing could not have been more perfect to get everyone through the pre-winter break slump.

“For the teachers to be able to create a wishlist, it was just so great,” she said.\

–Story and photos by Natalie Covate

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