Monthly Archives: February 2011

“Good Deeds” Come in Small Packages

Last month we started a new program called “BrightStar Good Deeds”. This week we’re sharing another random Good Deed performed by staff in our Member Service Center (phone center). They surprised Member Margaret W. with a delicious cake to celebrate her birthday. Margaret, fighting the tears, said “From now on, I’m going to celebrate life, and birthdays are a reminder that everyone is special. Thank you BrightStar for helping me to realize this.”

 Margaret you truly are very special! We appreciate you and always look forward to seeing you in the Credit Union. Thank you for your membership! Stay tuned as we perform more little random acts of kindness to express our love and gratitude to our members! You might even be next…

BrightStar Is Proud to Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month.  This month and throughout the year, we help commemorate the contributions of African-Americans who have worked to positively shape our world and future.  As part of this effort, BrightStar is a proud sponsor of the annual Sistrunk Historic Festival, Parade & Gala.  The Sistrunk organization’s mission is to celebrate the historical and cultural contributions of people of African-American and Caribbean descent and their impact on the global community. The Sistrunk events are among the oldest African-American events in the Broward County area.  The Sistrunk Parade and Street Festival will be held on Saturday, February 26th.  More info is available at  The Sistrunk Gala will be held in a few months time, and we will announce those details later.

In addition, we are pleased to honor The Westside Gazette on their 40th anniversary.  The Westside Gazette is Broward County’s oldest and largest African American owned and operated newspaper.  Congratulations on 40 years of “Faith, Family & Community!”  We also join The Westside Gazette in honoring Florida’s four historically black colleges and universities.  You can see our ads below.


Like Us on Facebook for a Chance to Win School Supplies!

On February 25th, 2011 BrightStar CU will be giving away five $20 gift certificates to ACE Educational Supplies. ACE Educational Supplies provides high quality Educational Supplies for public schools, private schools, teachers, parents and students.  ACE has been serving South Florida school teachers with discounted Educational Supplies for 36 years and became the largest Educational Supply store for educators.

 All you have to do is like BrightStar’s page on facebook at  If you know a teacher or student that would like some new supplies, help spread the word!!Good Luck

 For more information on ACE Educational Supplies, check out their website

Happy Presidents Day

Our offices will be closed on Monday, February 21st for the Presidents day Holiday.  Online Banking and BillPay, Call24, debit card and ATM services will all be available for your convenience. Our offices will reopen to our normal schedule again on Tuesday, February 22nd. To see our hours and locations, click here

Florida Renaissance Festival

We’re a participating sponsor of the Florida Renaissance Festival going on right now, and we’ve got the hook up on some great deals. Get $5 off an adult ticket purchased online. See our website for details . The festival runs through March 13 at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Log on to for additional event details.

Congratulations to Alvin Davis, Broward’s 2012 Teacher of the Year!

Each year and for over 10 years, BrightStar Credit Union has sponsored the Broward Schools’ Teacher of the Year event. This annual event honors the “Best of the Best” Teachers of Broward County Public Schools.  We congratulate the teachers of the year from every school and all the semifinalists for their dedication and service to the students of Broward County.

 This year’s Teacher of the Year is Alvin Davis from Miramar High School. Mr. Davis has been the music educator for the past 10 years; he believes that it is not enough to just teach music, he also reinforces the skills learned in other classes. His objective is to develop an award-winning, academic- focused music program on the cutting edge of creativity and band pageantry.

Congratulations, Alvin Davis!  Alvin received a $1000 prize from BrightStar.

 BrightStar also supports the District’s Principal/Assistant Principal of the Year, School related employee of the year, and many other events recognizing our outstanding leaders throughout the year.  We are very proud and grateful for the relationship that we have with Broward’s amazing teachers, principals, staff and students over the years. And we look forward to continuing our support.

 To read more about the finalist please click here. Don’t forget to check out the pictures on our Facebook album.

Meet Frederica Carter, Finalist for Broward Schools’ Teacher of the Year

Frederica Carter, Hallandale High School

 Today’s final star teacher is Frederica Carter, from Hallandale High School. Stay tuned, tomorrow we will announce the winner of the 2012 Broward Schools Teacher of the Year

 As the physical education teacher at Hallandale High School, Frederica Carter’s philosophy is to serve as the compass that gives direction to her students’ learning. It is very important to her that she focus on every student in the learning process. The positive impact she makes on her students is her greatest success. By mixing students of all needs and educational levels in one lesson, Carter can tap into their different learning styles and form activities that build team players and tolerant members of society.

 Carter establishes a culture of respect for diversity among her students to ensure not only the strength of their bodies, but also their minds. She challenges her students daily to work together, learn from each other and understand the importance of their physical health. She believes it is important that students get the support they need to become self-confident and educated individuals. Not only is she teaching her students health facts and athletic skills, she is teaching cooperation, leadership, and how to find and use resources to learn and succeed. Carter strives to create top-notch students, who will make a positive imprint on their communities. Carter is the compass that gives direction to her students’ learning and it shows through her efforts every day.

 Thank you, Frederica, for the good work that you do. Congratulations to all the finalist and good luck tomorrow!

Meet Lazslo Nagy, Finalist for Broward Schools’ Teacher of the Year

Lazslo Nagy, Western High School

 Today’s star teacher is Lazslo Nagy, from Western High School. Stay tuned next week as we continue to spotlight more teachers leading up to the Broward Schools Teacher of the Year winner announcement on February 16th. 

 Students are engaged in a learning community the minute they step inside Lazsio Nagy’s AP Calculus classroom at Western High School. They are engulfed in a learning environment where the fundamentals are taught to ensure the understanding of the concepts. Nagy focuses on delivering the highest quality instruction under any circumstances, and he never lets time constraints or difficult testing methods stand in the way of his students’ successes. He provides extensive support to students by conducting after school workshops and Saturday practice testing, so they are prepared for the rigorous testing that takes place in an AP class. By continuously showing his students what they need to know and how the information they learn is used, Nagy builds confident and self-assured students who can take on any math test with no fear.

Nagy uses technology in his lessons, and believes in the participation of the parents. Starting with the first day of class, he begins to build relationships with the parents of his students. His students’ first assignment is to have their parents provide their contact information. Nagy always gives parents his E-mail address and responds to any questions or concerns within 24 hours. He provides parents with daily notes via E-mail, so they stay current with the needs of their student. He provides his students with support, encouragement and direction to allow them to adjust to the changing needs of the community and succeed in life.

 Thank you, Lazslo, for the good work that you do. Congratulations and good luck!