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TRB Grant Idaho 2019

Idaho Schools Score Athletics Grants from California Casualty

Athletes at Initial Point High School in Kuna and Wendell Middle School will benefit from the 2019 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. They are among 64 public middle schools and high schools in 32 states awarded a total of $67,000 to aid sports programs affected by tight budgets.

The Idaho schools each received between $1,000 and $1,500. 

Wendell Middle will buy much needed uniforms for the track and cross country teams, while Initial Point High is planning on purchasing upgraded equipment for the football, basketball, and volleyball teams.  The awards were presented at the recent IEA Delegate Assembly in Couer d’ Alene.  Accepting the award for Dave Fry (Kuna/Initial Point H.S. – $1000 [football, basketball, volleyball]) was Shelly Hopkins, Kuna President.

Wendell’s track coach Wendy Smith stated, “The cost of equipment has gone up so much that our athletes have not received new uniforms in over 10 years.”   Peggy Hoy, Region 4 IEA Board of Directors accepted Wendy’s award.

The grant is named for California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, an avid sportsman who has observed that lessons learned on athletic fields – teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship – translate to the classroom and beyond.

Since its inception in 2011, more than $738,000 has been awarded to over 660 schools across the nation.

“The Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants benefit students and communities, and California Casualty is proud to support that effort,” said Lisa Almeida, Assistant Vice President.

California Casualty has other initiatives that give back to educators for all their hard work including the following grants:


$250 Music and Arts Grants www.calcasmusicartsgrant.com

$200 Help Your Classroom Grants www.calcas.com/help-your-classroom

$7,500 School Lounge Makeover® www.schoolloungemakeover.com

Founded in 1914, California Casualty has partnered with the IEA since 1988 to provide members auto and home insurance tailored to their professional needs. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit www.calcas.com/IEA or call 1.888.511.7623.

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TICKETS at WORK PROVIDES IEA MEMBERS ACCESS to THOUSANDS of EXCLUSIVE TRAVEL and ENTERTAINMENT DISCOUNTS

In case you’re planning to use your tax return to do something fun now or in the summer, we want to remind you that you can stretch those dollars with access to thousands of travel and entertainment discounts through IEA Member Benefit’s partnership with TicketsatWork.

Whether you plan to book a trip, get tickets for a concert, show, sporting event, or theme park, or stay local and catch a movie, there’s something for everyone. Check out ticketsatwork.com for the latest offers.

If you haven’t signed up yet, click ‘become a member’ and enter our company code: IDAHO

Here are some great examples: Legoland – save up to 40%; all 4 Disney World theme parks – $87/day; Universal Orlando Resort – buy 2 days, get 3 days free; save up to 40% on Broadway tickets; etc., etc., etc.

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COVERAGE YOU CAN DEPEND ON FOR THE ONES YOU LOVE – NEA LIFE INSURANCE – SOME OF IT IS FREE!!!

As an eligible NEA member,* you’ve got the protection of NEA Complimentary Life Insurance, issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America — but you should name a beneficiary to make sure your loved ones are covered.

Go to neamb.com/free-tote and register your beneficiary to get this FREE tote. Or call 1-855-NEA-LIFE (632-5433) and mention offer code:

TOTEBAG FREE

Visit neamb.com/protect to learn about all the solutions available to help meet your insurance needs.

* Visit us online or call for eligibility requirements.

NEA Members Insurance Trust is a registered trademark of the NEA Members Insurance Trust. NEA Complimentary Life Insurance is issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, NJ. 0302614-00002-00

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SEE AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS AND GET IN FREE ON CERTAIN DAYS

The National Parks have been hailed as America’s best idea. See your parks for free this year, with free entry days at parks. The days with free entry are:

  • Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • Sept. 28: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11: Veterans Day

If you’re not up for camping during your visit, you can save money with your Educator Access discounts on hotels just outside the parks. See the natural wonders by day, and sleep at night in a cozy hotel with soft mattresses and hot showers. This IEA member benefit has saved IEA members thousands of dollars.  Go to ieamemberbenefits.org, click on the picture of the IEA membership card and follow the prompts.

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LATEST NEA MEMBER BENEFIT – NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator powered by Savi

Access this free tool and start your journey to student loan freedom!

Are you exasperated managing your student loans?

This NEW Member Benefit can help! As an educator, you may be able to have all or part of your federal student loans forgiven!

·  FREE online student loan evaluation tool that will show programs for which you may qualify and how much you can save.

·  Access to student loan experts via telephone or chat.

·  Complete list of repayment options and loan forgiveness programs based on your personal information.

·  For the discounted price of $29.95, you can also have the tool fill out and help file your paperwork.

Check out the NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator powered by Savi

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Create Your Mobile Shortcut to neamb.com — It’s Easy!

Make accessing the NEA Member Benefits website easier than ever. Get tips and tools — with just one tap.

Here’s how:

First:  Visit neamb.com on your mobile web browser, then tap the “share” icon (iPhone) or your navigation bar (Android).

Second:  From the drop-down menu, select “Add to Home Screen.”

Third:  Tap “Add” or “Done” to complete the process, confirm your shortcut.

Last:  The neamb.com shortcut icon will appear on your device screen. Simply tap to get the latest updates from NEA Member Benefits.

Now you can have access to all of your great NEA Member Benefits wherever you are!

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NEA Click & Save – Great Savings for April 2019

The crocuses are starting to sprout and that means one thing: time to SPRING into action! NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for April!*

*Note: Up-to-date information on merchant discounts, shipping terms and WOW Points appears on the NEA Click & Save Web page at www.neamb.com/clickandsave and may change at any time. Don’t forget to use your WOWPoints—they’re just like cash (100 WOW Points = $1; plus, no blackout dates and no expiration)!

Vitamin World:The go-to source for high-quality vitamins, minerals and herbs. Earn 6X WOWPoints on your purchase, and use code DSCNT10 for free shipping!

Spa Finder:Provides access to the best-selling spa and salon gift cards. Gives 6X WOWPoints, too.

Aloha.com:  Find lots of healthy choices with their convenient and nutritious protein powders and bars. Get 20% off your first order.

Kohl’s: Get up to 70% off plus 2X WOWPoints at this family-focused and value-oriented specialty department store. Your order of $75 or more ships for free!

Old Navy:  Exercise your wallet with up to 60% off site-wide on denim, graphic tees, performance fleece and more. Earn 2X WOWPoints, and get free shipping on orders of $100 or more.

MovieTickets.com:  Save up to 30% off movie tickets at popular theater chains like AMC, Regal and Cinemark.

Be sure to check C&S often for unadvertised, limited time offers, including discount dining certificates from Restaurant.com. Join the thousands of NEA members already registered for NEA Click & Save. Go to www.neamb.com/clickandsave or http://www.neamb.com/shopping-discounts/nea-click-and-save-retail-discounts.htm and start saving today!

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MAKE YOUR PLANS TO TRAVEL THIS YEAR

Purchase a Cruise in 2019

Kick off 2019 with a tidal wave of cruise deals.From contemporary to premium and even luxury lines, NEA Vacations’ favorite cruise partners will be offering exclusive savings, onboard credits, beverage packages and many more special deals sure to make a splash. Get a head start on your 2019 vacation plans and book a cruise you’ll remember for years to come. Mark your calendar so you don’t miss this sale ON NOW! Go to NEA Vacations to book.

Prepare for Spring Break with Hotel and Resort Deals

  • NEA Vacations: Use NEA Travel Dollars as currency to buy down the cost of a hotel stay. Choose from more than 300,000 hotels or resorts worldwide.
  • Red Roof Inn: Save 20% on rooms at Red Roof Inn’s more than 550 locations nationwide.

Get Road Trip Ready with These Car Rental Discounts

  • Dollar: Take 5% off car rental base rates at participating Dollar locations.
  • Enterprise: Receive special discounts off of base rates.
  • Hertz: Save up to 25% on car rental base rates, plus enjoy bonus savings on qualifying rentals.
  • National: Enroll in the Emerald Club® for free! Bypass the counter and choose your own car when you join.

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FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF OMAHA (FNBO) HOME MORTGAGE PROGRAM WITH NEA MEMBER BENEFITS

This NEA benefit offers a smart, easy way to finance your new home or refinance an existing mortgage.  The program is available to members and their spouses, parents and children. This mortgage program offers low, competitive rates and a range of options to help you find the solution that’s right for you and your family.

Competitive rates and savings on fees

The FNBO Mortgage Program‘s low competitive rates can help make your next home more affordable. Pay no application fee, no origination fee, and no processing fee – an estimated value of $660.

Choose from a range of loan options

There’s a range of loan options available to help you find the mortgage that’s right for you and your family. Choose from conventional loans, FHA loans. VA loans and USDA loans.

Expert guidance every step of the way

FNBO loan experts are available to assist you in navigating the home purchasing or refinancing process. Also, check out the Home Buying Process Quick Guide to help you get started.

First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) is committed to strengthening the communities they serve. As part of that commitment, they support initiatives related to adult basic education, vocational and employability training, financial and life-skills education as well as youth educational programs and support services. Since 2015, FNBO has invested more than $5 million in organizations dealing with education/awareness issues.

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GETTING READY TO FILE YOUR TAXES? HERE’S SOME HELP!

NEA Member Benefits (NEA MB) is pleased to introduce a new H&R Block Tax Preparation Discount for NEA members and their families, which provides significant savings on H&R Block’s tax preparation products and services. 

Features of this H&R Block Tax Preparation offer include:

  • Exclusive NEA member benefit: $25 off in-person tax preparation* at participating H&R Block U.S. offices
  • 40% off online tax preparation products
  • $10 off tax preparation downloadable software
  • FREE “Second Look” Review: Check your past three years’ returns for missed credits and deductions to make sure you didn’t leave any money on the table
  • Family members (e.g., spouse/domestic partner, dependents, and parents) are also eligible for the discounts

The H&R Block Tax Preparation Discount can be accessed on www.neamb.com under the “Everyday Savings” tab—just in time for members to file their 2018 income tax returns!

*$25 in-person discount valid for new clients only. A new client is an individual who did not prepare or file their prior year tax return in a H&R Block office.  Coupon must be presented prior to completion of initial tax office interview and may not be combined with any other offer, or special promotion or pricing program. Discount valid only for tax prep fees for an original 2018 personal income tax return. Expires 4/10/19.

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VALENTINES DAY PURCHASES? WANT TO SAVE SOME MONEY?

Show some love to your family and friends this Valentine’s Day!

NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, features some discounts this month that might just be what you are looking for.  Check out these possibilities!*

*Note: Up-to-date information on merchant discounts, shipping terms and WOW Points appears on the NEA Click & Save Web page at www.neamb.com/clickandsave and may change at any time.

Don’t forget to use your WOWPoints—they’re just like cash (100 WOW Points = $1; plus, no blackout dates and no expiration)!

  • Perfume.com:Find thousands of brand name perfumes, colognes, and skin and hair care products from one of the top online fragrance retailers. Get 6X WOWPoints on your purchase!
  • Sephora: Treat yourself or someone else to beauty products, including cosmetics and bath & body sets. Earn 2X WOWPoints, plus get free shipping on orders of $50 or more.
  • Jewelry.com: Feast your eyes on amazing jewels, from everyday basics to couture, and at everyday prices. Earn 8X WOWPoints, too!
  • Boscov’s: Choose from the widest assortment of famous brands and merchandise such as apparel, linens, home décor, and more. Get 3X WOWPoints on your purchase.
  • LuggageGuy.com:  Save up to 75% on designer luggage and bags from Pierre Cardin, Liz Claiborne, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Samsonite. Returns within 30 days get a replacement or refund.
  • Dyson:  Save up to $250 on select Dyson technology, including vacuums, fans & heaters, and hair care tools. Earn 3X WOWPoints on your purchase.

Be sure to check C&S often for unadvertised, limited time offers, including discount dining certificates from Restaurant.com. Join the thousands of NEA members already registered for NEA Click & Save. Go to www.neamb.com/clickandsave or http://www.neamb.com/shopping-discounts/nea-click-and-save-retail-discounts.htm and start saving today!

Credit Card Theft

LOCK YOUR CREDIT CARD IF IT GOES MISSING

Locking — rather than cancelling — a card, will block purchases and other ways a thief could hurt you, while still allowing recurring payments and similar conveniences to carry on unaffected. Check out the following article.

By Miriam Cross

Canceling and replacing a lost debit or credit card can be a hassle. After the new card arrives in the mail, you need to update every retailer, streaming service or utility provider that relies on your card number for payments. Now, many banks and credit card issuers are adding the option of temporarily “locking” your card instead, in case you want to buy some time to search for your card.

The lock can be an on/off switch in the bank’s app or on its website, or it can be a more sophisticated feature that allows you to specify, say, the locations or the types of transactions that are approved for your card. A lock will typically prevent new purchases, ATM activity, cash advances and balance transfers, but it will allow automatic or recurring payments, returns, credits and dispute adjustments. For extra security, you can also turn a card “off” that you are leaving behind while on vacation. Most issuers allow indefinite locks, though American Express lifts a lock after seven days.

You should lock your card as soon as you notice it’s gone or find an unfamiliar charge, then investigate further before contacting your bank, says David Keenan, senior vice president in card products at Fiserv, a financial technology company that has a locking and alert app called CardValet (available at Fiserv partner banks). If you can’t find your card, notify your issuer. Most issuers will send you a new card free, but they may charge a fee for rush deliveries.

If you’re waiting for a new debit card to arrive and need to withdraw cash, a bank branch may provide you with a temporary debit card on the spot. Some issuers also help you update merchants with your new card number. American Express will allow most recurring payments to go through seamlessly. Bank of America may provide your new card number to merchants with whom you have recurring payments, and Wells Fargo’s Control Tower tool will show you a list of merchants with whom you’ve had recurring transactions within the past 12 months.

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