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Firefly Credit Union illuminates a path to financial literacy and discovery for families

Monday, June 12, 2017  
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Firefly Credit Union - BURNSVILLE, Minn. (June 12, 2017) - Beginning June 19, families can walk into any one of Firefly Credit Union’s nine branches and pick up a free Firefly Kit, with a net and a mason jar filled with tips for hunting fireflies and teaching kids about money. The goal is to inspire parents to get their children into nature and use the experience to put them on a path to financial literacy.


“I remember the excitement of catching fireflies as a kid,” says Firefly Credit Union President & CEO Bill Raker. “We want parents to make memories with their children and lead them to new discoveries, while teaching them to make good money decisions.”


The flashing lights of fireflies are fading in the Twin Cities as wetlands and grassy areas are being replaced with the bright lights of commercial real estate development. Firefly Credit Union wants to help families rediscover these beloved beetles by giving children the tools they need to enjoy them - while also teaching them to save money.


Firefly Credit Union offers kids these 5 steps for filling their jar with coins:

  1. Set a goal of how much you want to save.
  2. Decide what you’ll do with your savings.
  3. Talk with your parents for ideas of how to earn money. 
  4. Save, save, save!
  5. Earn dividends by moving your money into a savings account when your jar is full.


And, these 5 steps to illuminate their jar with fireflies:

  1. Add a wet paper towel to your jar and cover with plastic wrap. Poke holes to let air flow. 
  2. Find a marshy area with tall grass after sunset. 
  3. Flash a flashlight to attract the fireflies and carefully catch them in your net.
  4. Place the fireflies in your jar and watch them illuminate.
  5. Release your fireflies back into nature.


Stop by any Firefly Credit Union to pick up your FREE Firefly Kit. Fireflies light up the night in late June into July and have been spotted in the prairies within the Hyland Lake Park Reserve, The Turtle Basking Pond within the Richardson Nature Center and the Acorn Trail near the Lowry Nature Center in the Carver Park Reserve.


To learn more about Firefly Credit Union, go to


Minnesota Credit Union Network
555 Wabasha Street N, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 288-5170
(800) 477-1034