Chessie presents check to GHS

GRAFTON—A local credit union is helping residents support one local school with just a swipe of a card.

In efforts to support Grafton High School, Cheesie Federal Credit Union (CFU) presented a check to Grafton High School Principal Lori Shumaker on Thursday, made possible through the Bearcat debit card.

The $1,800 check that was presented by the bank’s Branch Manager, Kim McDougal and Assistant Branch Manager Laurie Ice, was provided through the credit union’s high school visa debit card program.

Cheesie Federal Credit Union began offering the Bearcat visa debit card for citizens of Grafton in 2011, and a GHS student designed the image on the card, complete with the school colors and a bearcat.

“Anyone who slides their Bearcat card for a credit transaction scores money for the school. Supporting Grafton High School has never been easier,” shared Stacey Roderick, CFU employee.

McDougal explained that each credit transaction earns the school a few cents per dollar and that money is collected and presented to the school once a year.

Throughout the years, those few cents per dollar have added up. Since the start of the Bearcat card, it has generated nearly $13,000 for the school.

“We appreciate Chessie for their long-going partnership with the school and all of the community members that use to card to benefit the school,” expressed Shumaker.

She shared that the money will be used for students reward activities.

For more information on how you can help Grafton High School earn money, just by swiping a debit card, please contact Chessie Federal Credit Union at 304-265-0766 or 301-777-1781.

You can also apply online at, or stop in their Grafton location, at 400 North Pike Street, to get started.

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