Tue, Jul 11, 2017
In continued support of the Harford County Public Schools, Freedom Federal Credit Union provided support by Patriot Program sponsorships for 26 elementary schools. During the 2016/2017 school year, Freedom provided incentives to about 7,500 students who completed their Patriot Program requirements. More recently a small church school from Havre de Grace also has also requested support, so the program continues to grow!
The Patriot Program is a voluntary program that helps students learn about their country, patriotism, national and state geography, and government, while developing a sense of appreciation for American history. It was begun in Harford County at Prospect Mill Elementary many years ago. Prospect Mill’s PTSA approached Freedom in 2005 about helping provide incentives to their 4th grade “Patriots” and it’s been growing ever since. The incentive currently is a drawstring bag.
Freedom has increased the number of schools supported each year, adding a few more annually to the program. Elementary public schools supported include: Bakerfield, Bel Air, Church Creek, Churchville, Darlington, Dublin, Edgewood, Emmorton, Forest Lakes, Fountain Green, Havre de Grace, Hickory, Homestead-Wakefield, Jarrettsville, Joppatowne, Magnolia, Meadowvale, Norrisville North Harford, Prospect Mill, Red Pump, Ring Factory, Roye-Williams, William Paca/Old Post Road, William S. James and Youth’s Benefit.
Freedom representatives typically participate in the schools’ Patriot assemblies, where the students are recognized. Parents and the local community, including military personnel, are invited to recognize and congratulate the students who complete their level of learning. Assemblies include patriotic poems, recitals and even role playing of famous historic figures like Abe Lincoln and George Washington. Students memorize the state capitals, Gettysburg address, Paul Revere’s Ride and they also learn fun patriotic songs. The programs are developed by the schools’ PTAs, school administrators, teachers, and parent volunteers.
It’s in Freedom’s DNA to engage with and give back to the Harford County community. They support as many community efforts as their budget allows, and they also provide employee volunteers to give of their time and talent to help out when asked.
Freedom’s military roots run deep so their appreciation of patriotism is strong. The credit union began as MATCOM FCU in 1953, originally affiliated with the US Army Chemical Corps Materiel Command unit, serving the military and civilian workers at the Edgewood Arsenal.
As a community-chartered, not-for-profit federal credit union, Freedom has grown and expanded over the years to five Harford County branches and over 31,000 members. But today, because of their community charter, virtually anyone with Harford County ties can join and become a member.
Freedom offers consumer financial services to those who live, work, volunteer, worship, attend school, or have family in Harford County. Additionally, Freedom offers banking services for all businesses, associations, and other organizations that are based in Harford County.