23 Sep

Navvi-Gator Prize of the Quarter Winner

Congratulations to Destiny Mosley of Hurley! Destiny, a member of the Navvi-Gator Super Saver’s Club, is the lucky winner of the World’s Largest Crayon. This crayon is jam-packed with lots of toys and school supplies she can use throughout the school year.

Learning about saving is important to this inquisitive 6 year old. Her mom tells us that she is already putting her change aside to make deposits in her Navigator account. This is a great lesson she can take with her as she continues to grow. She wants to be a teacher when she is older and can teach her students the importance of saving as well. Keep up the great work, Destiny, and keep saving!

Hey kids! Make a deposit into your Navvi-Gator Super Saver’s Club account and YOU could be eligible for Navvi’s next Prize of the Quarter!

23 Sep

Match the saying to the animal

Have you heard someone say they wish they could be “a fly on the wall” or that it’s “raining cats and dogs”? There are a lot of funny animal sayings that people use! Can you match the sayings below to the right animal? When you’re done, check your answers below. Good luck!

Remember to “squirrel away” some money and make a deposit to your Navigator Credit Union savings account!

match funny animal sayings game

Match the saying to the animal answers: 1. h, 2. e, 3. b, 4. d, 5. f, 6. i, 7. j, 8. g, 9. a, 10. c

23 Sep

Fun fall harvest facts

Apples and pumpkins and yams, oh my! It’s fall, and you know what that means: picking apples and pumpkins. But those aren’t the only fruits and vegetables this time of year!

Here are some cool facts about fall fruits and veggies:

Apples are worth a lot. In 2012, the apple crop was almost $3.1 billion. Nearly 9 billion pounds of apples were used that year! All 50 states grow apples, but Washington grows the most.

Nothing says fall like pumpkins. In 2012, more than 1.3 billion pounds of them were picked. That’s $148.9 million worth of pumpkins! (Wonder if any of them was the Great Pumpkin!)

Did you know? Illinois is pumpkin central. Ninety percent of U.S. pumpkins were grown within 90 miles of Peoria, IL. Most of these pumpkins will end up canned for such uses as pie fi lling. Mmmm, pumpkin pie.

Americans eat almost 50 pounds of fall vegetables each. But not at one meal, of course!

Sources: www.agmrc.org and www.ers.usda.gov.

23 Sep

Make your own piñata!

If you’re planning a party, here’s a tip. You can decorate and play a fun game with a piñata. Better yet, you can make your own! Here’s how:

You’ll Need

  • A large balloon
  • Several newspaper pages
  • Paper mache paste
  • Paint
  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Yarn or string
  • Masking tape

What to Do

  1. Rip the newspaper into strips about one inch wide and six inches long.
  2. Blow up the balloon and tie it shut.
  3. One at a time, dip the newspaper strips into the paste. Remove any extra paste by pulling the strips through your pinched fingers.
  4. Spread the newspaper onto the balloon. Make the strips go in all directions, and cover the entire balloon except for a small hole where the balloon is tied.
  5. Let it dry.
  6. Add two or three more layers, repeating steps 3 – 5.
  7. Once it is completely dry, pop the balloon and remove it through the hole.
  8. Decorate your piñata with bright colors of paint, crepe paper and streamers.
  9. To hang your piñata, poke four small holes evenly spaced around the larger hole in the top. Thread a piece of string or yarn through each hole and tie them together at the top. Cover the holes with masking tape. Tie a longer piece of string onto these to hang up the piñata.
  10. Fill your piñata with small toys, candies or both and hang it up. Have fun!
23 Sep

Why do we change the clocks every year?

Each year, most states in the Unites States will time travel. No, not with a machine, but with Daylight Saving Time! On Nov. 1 at 2 a.m., we “fall back” and turn our clocks back exactly one hour. This means that we get an extra hour that day, because we repeat an hour!

When we set our clocks back in the fall, we are going back to “standard” time. We will be on standard time until next March, when Daylight Saving Time starts again. Then we “spring forward” to time travel again by setting our clock forward one hour.

In the United States, every state except Arizona and Hawaii uses Daylight Saving Time. This clock change means we can save power by turning our lights on later. It also means that we are able to spend more time outside at night and get more done!

This “fall back” is a good reminder of how nice it is to have savings to fall back on. Use Daylight Saving Time to boost your savings at Navigator Credit Union—it will help you “spring forward” when the time comes.

Did you know?
Here are some fun facts about the time change:

  • Benjamin Franklin was the first person to suggest Daylight Saving Time.
  • In 2007, a pair of twins was born 34 minutes apart. The first was born at 1:32 a.m., but because of Daylight Saving Time, the second was born at 1:06 a.m.
  • Amtrak trains stop at the next station at 2 a.m. and wait an hour before starting again. That way, they can get where they are going at the right time. When time moves forward in the spring, they are an hour behind schedule!
  • Different places used to start and end Daylight Saving Time when they wanted to. This created problems. On one bus trip from Ohio to West Virginia, riders had to change their watches seven times in 35 miles!
26 Jun

Navvi-Gator Prize of the Quarter Winner

Congratulations to Teagan Turner of Pass Christian! Teagan, a member of the Navvi Gator Super Saver’s Club, is the lucky winner of a $100 gift card to Toys ‘R’ US, which he enjoyed more than his sucker. He is 3, loves to ride his bike, without training wheels, and can’t wait to take his trip to the toy store. This active toddler will continue saving his money with the help of his grandmother, who opened his account to teach him about the importance of saving. Teagan is definitely on the right track to success and is a step ahead with the helping hand of his grandmother. Great job, Teagan, and keep saving.

Hey kids! Make a deposit into your Navvi-Gator Super Saver’s Club account and YOU could be eligible for Navvi’s next Prize of the Quarter!
26 Jun

Why we celebrate the 4th of July

Every year, you may get dressed up on July 4th in red, white and blue. You and your family may watch fireworks at night, too. While it’s nice to dress up and have fun, you may not know why the day is so important. The Fourth of July has another name — Independence Day.

It got this name from a key event on July 4, 1776. On that day, a group of people agreed to a letter. It was called the Declaration of Independence. The letter was written by Thomas Jefferson. It said that the people in America had decided to form their own country. Jefferson later became our third U.S. president.

That’s why each year we celebrate this day when our country was born. You probably celebrate your own birth every year too, with a birthday. The Fourth of July is like a birthday for the whole country!

26 Jun

Where does the credit union keep my money?

Do you ever wonder what happens to your money when you bring it to the credit union? When you visit Navigator Credit Union, you’ll meet a friendly employee who counts your money and gives you a deposit slip in return. What happens next?
  • Does your money go into a big vault with a lock to keep it safe?
  • Does it travel through secret tunnels inside the credit union (like those tubes at the drivethrough window)?
  • Or does the money go somewhere else outside the credit union?

A small amount of cash is locked away inside the credit union. But most of the money is used to help people borrow and pay for the things they need.

Here’s how it works: When a grownup needs money to buy a car or a home, they might borrow money (a loan) from the credit union. The loan is paid back over time, plus some extra money (called interest).

When you save your money in a savings account, your account may earn interest. That means you can earn extra money, too!

IS MY MONEY STILL THERE?

Yes! We keep a record of the amount of money deposited in your account. Your money is safe and you can take it out anytime. Of course, you’ll save more money faster if you keep it growing in your account at Navigator Credit Union!