Alliant Credit Union Foundation donates Biz Kid$ TV Series DVDs to Prospect Heights Public Library
May 09, 2012 | Alliant Credit Union
The first four seasons of Biz Kid$, an Emmy award winning public television series that teaches kids about making and managing money, are now available at the Prospect Heights Public Library. DVD sets containing over 50 episodes were provided recently through a donation to the library by Alliant Credit Union Foundation, according to Foundation Vice President, Wayne Rosenwinkel.
Upon receiving the Biz Kid$ TV series, the library's Executive Director Dr. William McCully commented, "This donation is especially timely as libraries all over are celebrating Money Smart Week."
During Money Smart Week (week of April 23), more than 500 financial literacy related classes, seminars and activities took place in the Chicago area at various schools, libraries and other facilities.
Mr. Rosenwinkel said, "Our donation of Biz Kid$ TV programs is the first of many that Alliant's Foundation plans to make in communities where Alliant Credit Union members live and work." Alliant Credit Union and its Foundation are both headquartered near O'Hare Airport at the corner of Touhy Avenue and Wolf Road. The credit union, founded in 1935 as United Airlines Employees' Credit Union, has branches in the Chicago area and nationwide. It is America's sixth largest credit union in asset size. The Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, was established in 2009 by the credit union.
The Biz Kid$, TV series has been nominated for several daytime Emmys over the last few years. It runs nationally on PBS and other stations, and is created for kids aged 9 - 16. Each episode uses a blend of entertainment and education, while introducing concepts of financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The show has been given the status of "recommended education resource" by the State Board of Education of Illinois and several other states, and has been adopted by the Internal Revenue Service to use in its educational outreach program. Biz Kid$ airs locally on WYCC-TV Sunday mornings.
David W. Mooney, Alliant Credit Union President & CEO and Chairman of Alliant's Foundation, added, "Our Foundation is delighted to help make the Biz Kid$ TV series available in the communities we serve. Viewing shows on the DVDs will foster financial literacy among young people and help them to responsibly manage their financial lives."
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