Silver State Schools Credit Union & Jim Marsh Kia surprise teacher with brand-new Kia Soul

LAS VEGAS, NV (May 23, 2023) — Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU), a Las Vegas-based financial institution with more than $1.1 Billion in assets and serving over 61,000 members partnered with Jim Marsh Kia to surprise Jennifer Wethington, a Von Tobel Middle School science teacher, with the gift of a brand-new Kia Soul.

Ms. Wethington recently experienced a personal hardship that more than warranted taking extended time off from her educational responsibilities. Instead, this selfless and unyielding teacher continued to make her students a priority, despite her personal struggles. According to the school Principal, Ms. Wethington is always willing to introduce fun and new things to keep her students engaged. Some of her efforts include working with students to build and grow a school garden for hands-on science learning opportunities; staying after school and on weekends to coach students in the Future City after-school STEM program; and she worked tirelessly alongside her peers to achieve the highest MAP growth achievements that the Von Tobel Middle School has seen over the past few years.

“Silver State Schools Credit Union is proud to partner with Jim Marsh Kia to provide Ms. Wethington with a new car in recognition of her dedication and commitment to serve her students regardless of life’s challenges,” says Scott A. Arkills, President/CEO, Silver State Schools Credit Union. “We are delighted to acknowledge Ms. Wethington’s resiliency with this gift because she goes above and beyond to prioritize her students and their educational learning.”

From 2015 through 2019, Silver State Schools Credit Union has partnered with a Southern Nevada auto dealership to award a new vehicle to an educator in need. In 2020 this program was placed on a temporary moratorium due to complications caused by the COVID pandemic for a couple of years. In collaboration with Jim Marsh Kia and the Clark County School District, Silver State Schools Credit Union has once again reinstated its long-standing tradition of supporting a deserving teacher, particularly one with a documented hardship, by giving them a brand-new car.

In collaboration with the Clark County School District, nominations were submitted by school principals and assistant principals, detailing how teachers engage students in the classroom and support students with extra-curricular activities, but most importantly, how each teacher overcomes personal challenges and/or hardships to continue serving their students.

Since its inception, Silver State Schools Credit Union has been deeply rooted in area schools and the Southern Nevada communities they serve by giving back in meaningful ways.

Enclosed: Teacher Car Giveaway Event Picture (left to right)

    • Dr. Jesus Jara, Superintendent, Clark County School District
    • Jim Marsh, Owner, Jim Marsh Kia
    • Jennifer Wethington, Von Tobel Middle School Teacher
    • Scott A. Arkills, President/CEO, Silver State Schools Credit Union
    • Leonardo Amador, Principal, Von Tobel Middle School Teacher
    • Attia Mansour, General Manager, Jim Marsh Kia

About Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU)

With our close ties to the educational community, Silver State Schools Credit Union ($1.1B in assets, Las Vegas Nevada) values ongoing learning for our team members and offers an excellent place to build a career by developing and recognizing employees to carry them to their highest potential. Our mission of “Excellent Member Service and Financial Solutions- For Life,” by providing outstanding service to both members and internal members, emphasizing 5 Cs for effective leadership: Communication, Collaboration, Culture, Commitment, and Constructive Feedback. At Silver State Schools Credit Union, we inspire trust by prioritizing people over profit. Our SMART PRO Core Values guide our team to excellence through Service Success, Member First, Accountability, Respect, TeamUnity (a hybrid of “teamwork” and “community,” and Professional Knowledge. For more information, visit us at


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