Kiss-A-Pig secures a $5,300 grant for local high school

FORT WASHINGTON, PA (February 1, 2017) — Philadelphia public school teachers are always exploring opportunities to receive grants to purchase classroom materials to enrich the curricula. When Sheryl Kirby, business education teacher at George Washington High School, learned about TruMark Financial® Credit Union’s Kiss-A-Pig Financial Literacy Fundraiser and the chance to receive a grant for much needed personal finance resources, her interest piqued.

Kirby recruited teacher Monika Shanahan to kiss the pig at TruMark Financial’s fundraiser which was held on Sept. 28, at the Abington Art Center. Participants of the fundraiser secured sponsors and donations for the chance to kiss a pig in support of financial literacy. The fundraiser is one component of TruMark Financial’s Building Financial Futures initiative which heightens awareness for financial literacy and raises money for local schools in need of personal finance resources.

Shanahan has represented George Washington High School in the fundraiser for the past two years. Her puckering power paid off.  In 2016, TruMark Financial raised $78,000 through Building Financial Futures and George Washington High School received a $5,300 grant along with 14 other schools that participated in the Kiss-A-Pig fundraiser.

The following schools also participated in the Kiss-A-Pig Financial Literacy Fundraiser:
•       Andrew Jackson Elementary School
•       Baldi Middle School
•       E. T. Richardson Middle School
•       Forrest Elementary School
•       George Washington High School
•       Horatio Hackett Elementary School
•       Maritime Academy Charter School
•       Northeast High School
•       Our Lady Of Calvary School
•       Philadelphia Academy Charter School
•       St. Jerome School
•       Webster Elementary School
•       William Tennent High School

Kirby’s accounting students are already brainstorming about new ways to raise money. She said, “We are so grateful for this opportunity and the partnership we have formed with TruMark Financial. The credit union’s financial literacy program adds value to the school’s curricula and the grant allows the school to purchase much needed materials.

About TruMark Financial Credit Union

TruMark Financial is one of the strongest, most progressive credit unions in the nation, offering a full range of banking, investing, and insurance services to more than 131,000 members in Southeastern Pa. Founded in 1939, TruMark Financial is headquartered in Fort Washington, Pa., and has approximately $2.8 billion in assets through its 24 branches, Call Center, and a suite of innovative online and mobile banking services. To learn more about TruMark Financial, visit or call 1-877-TRUMARK. Connect with TruMark Financial at and  


Randi Marmer
AVP, Public Relations

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