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* SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (4/21/09)--Two Michigan credit unions are pitching in to help teach money management to local students. Raul Alvarez, marketing director at Financial Plus FCU, Flint, Mich., is helping teach a money management class at Swartz Creek High School (Mlive.com April 14). Security CU, another Flint-based credit union, also sends two staff members once a week to help teach a money course at the GASC Technology Center. Michelle Williams, head teller and Michelle Gauthier, member service representative, have helped the class for three years. A December 2008 law signed by Mich. Gov. Jennifer Granholm allows financial literacy classes to count toward math credits ... * ABILENE, Texas (4/21/09)--Abilene (Texas) Teachers FCU donated $95,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Abilene this month through donations from members who participated in a holiday “Skip a Payment” program (Abilene Reporter-News April 4). Members were given the option of skipping one or two loan payments during the Christmas season for a fee of $10. The money was then donated to the club. The $233 million-asset Abilene Teachers FCU has given more than $400,000 to the club in the past six years ... * SEATTLE (4/21/09)--Police are looking for a man who dressed as a woman to rob Kitsap County CU April 13. The robber has been dubbed the “Man Hands Bandit” by authorities because of a “Seinfeld” TV episode where the show’s main character, Jerry, dates a woman with “man hands.” The robber wore a black wig, blank pantsuit, white skirt and white shirt. The suspect stole an undetermined amount of cash from the credit union after handing a note to the teller. Kitsap County, Bremerton, Wash., has $781 million in assets ...


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