Arlington Citizen-Journal

Texas Trust reward program to help Arlington schools build arts area

Texas Trust President Jim Minge, left, and Arlington schools Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos.
Texas Trust President Jim Minge, left, and Arlington schools Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos.

Arlington schools and Texas Trust Credit Union are teaming to help raise money to build an outdoor performing arts area for the planned Jones Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language.

The school district will earn 10 cents each time a cardholder uses a specially designed Arlington ISD Spirit Debit card. Texas Trust has already donated more than $1 million to several school districts through the reward program.

Money raised beyond the guaranteed commitment will go directly back to the school selected.

The district announced a five-year partnership agreement with Texas Trust at the One Million Brighter event at UTA’s College Park Center. District leaders attended the festivities to celebrate the $1 million milestone of the Spirit Debit Reward program, in which five other North Texas school districts already participate.

The cards are available to any member of Texas Trust or new members who open a checking account with the credit union. There is no fee for the card, and it can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted.

“Texas Trust has continuously demonstrated a sincere interest in the success of Arlington’s schools and students,” Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos said in a statement. “This program offers our employees, parents and the community a tool to manage their money while simultaneously benefiting our students. The outdoor performance area at Jones Academy will increase fine arts opportunities for students and families.”

Texas Trust offers six cards, one for each of Arlington’s traditional high schools.

“We are excited to have a role in funding the new outdoor performance area for Arlington ISD,” Texas Trust President Jim Minge said in a statement. “The Spirit card allows us to give a portion of our earnings to the Arlington school district, which is part of our mission of building brighter financial futures.”

Patrick M. Walker