Back to school can be expensive. With the average cost of school supplies over $100, many families struggle to find money in their budget for all the things they need. TTCU Federal Credit Union's Project School Supplies helps fill that gap.

“TTCU Federal Credit Union was founded by teachers to help other teachers,” said Tim Lyons, president of TTCU. “Supporting others is part of the credit union way of life. Project School Supplies is one more way we can give back to the community and help children have the best educational experience possible.”

In its 17th year, Project School Supplies gives TTCU members, employees and the general community the chance to provide help through conveniently located branches throughout northeastern and central Oklahoma. From July 16-Aug. 31, all TTCU branches will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations. Thousands of items are collected each year and distributed to eleven community partners.

Supplies and donations collected at the TTCU branch at 1800 S. Hwy 66 in Claremore will go to the local Department of Human Services for distribution to those in need.

“Through the generosity of TTCU and their customers to both Foyil and Chelsea schools, our students have been able to (receive) essential schools supplies for the past few years,” DHS School Social Worker Gloria Conaway said. “Many times students will come and say, 'My parents cannot afford to get me notebooks, papers and pencils that I need.'”

Conaway sees many local families who need some extra help, especially with the expenses of multiple children. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, 79 percent of students in Foyil Public School District and 75 percent in Chelsea Public School District are eligible for free and reduced lunch, which is an indicator that their families are likely struggling financially.

“My favorite part of the school supply drive has to be seeing our members come in and drop off their donations and seeing the gratification they get in knowing that they are helping one of our area students,” Claremore Branch Manager Bryan Bradley said.

About TTCU Federal Credit Union

TTCU is the second-largest credit union in Oklahoma with sixteen branches; six in Tulsa, two in Broken Arrow, one in Bixby, Jenks, Claremore, Miami, Muskogee, Owasso, Sapulpa and Tahlequah. Established in 1934, TTCU Federal Credit Union, is a $1.8 billion credit union serving more than 125,000 members who are educationally affiliated, including students and their families as well as hundreds of Select Employee Groups in NE Oklahoma with a full complement of depository, lending and financial advisory services. TTCU is federally insured by the NCUA.