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April 8, 2003

Nation's Largest Credit Union Service Cooperative to Sponsor Colonial Williamsburg Educational Outreach Initiatives

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has announced that PSCU Financial Services (PSCU-FS), the nation’s largest credit union service cooperative, will sponsor two Colonial Williamsburg educational outreach initiatives. In addition to its own financial commitment, PSCU Financial Services also is asking its member-owned credit unions to participate in funding the interactive programs in American history for elementary and middle school children.

PSCU-FS has focused on two of the foundation’s programs: distance-learning Electronic Field Trips and the Teacher Institute. Electronic Field Trips are satellite-delivered, interactive television and Internet events that bring the 18th century to life for more than one million students annually in more than 3,500 schools nationwide. Colonial Williamsburg produces seven monthly field trips during the school year. Each production is supported with dedicated web sites, lesson plans and other materials, including historical background, glossaries, timelines and booklets that help teachers make the best use of the programs. The Teacher Institute offers weeklong, summer workshops for teachers that present innovative, proven methods for communicating the important principles of America’s unique history and system of government.

“We are grateful to PSCU Financial Services for their commitment to sponsor our educational initiatives,” said Colin G. Campbell, president and chairman of Colonial Williamsburg. “Their involvement will raise the national public awareness of our educational programs that are so central to our mission and can significantly increase the number of schools and students that are able to benefit from our teacher and student programs.”

“We believe these programs offer children a chance to learn about our American heritage,” said David J. Serlo, president and CEO of PSCU Financial Services. “They also foster a commitment to our democratic system to ensure that our freedoms will be guaranteed for future generations. Since our economic freedoms have helped build the success of each credit union in this country, sponsoring these outstanding educational programs is an ideal way for credit unions to support their local schools and communities.”

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and PSCU-FS will communicate with teachers throughout the United States and then bring together educators who want to participate and local credit unions anxious to help with education programs. “We encourage credit unions to promote these programs in their local schools and provide monies to fund participation,” Serlo said.

Established in 1977 and headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., PSCU Financial Services is the nation's largest Credit Union Service Organization. The company provides a broad array of financial services to its 500-plus member credit unions and more than 6.9 million cardholders. For more information and product demonstrations, visit the company's web site at www.pscufs.com.

Established in 1926 and known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg is the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s web site at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.org.

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