First Financial Rewards Local Kids for Love of Reading

Press Release


FREEHOLD, N.J. – First Financial Federal Credit Union has announced the grand prize winner of the 2016 Reader Rewards Summer Reading Contest. Catherine P. from Howell, N.J., was selected among 41 participating children who committed to stay on track academically with summer reading.

The 2016 Reader Rewards Contest was open to children up to 18 years of age, whereby First Financial would give each participant $1 per book read, up to 10 books. For each book read, the children also earned one entry into prize drawings that included school supply baskets and the grand prize, an Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet. Though the credit union paid up to $10 per student for books read over the summer, the amount of entries into the prize drawings was unlimited.

“Our credit union puts a high priority on education, that’s how First Financial began in 1936 – with a group of schoolteachers in Asbury Park,” stated Issa Stephan, President/CEO of First Financial. “It’s wonderful to see some of our youngest First Financial members taking pride in their education to further learn and read throughout the summer, and we wish all our summer reading contest participants a successful school year.”


This year saw the highest number of summer readers to date, and First Financial awarded $284 to students who were committed to return to school ready to continue learning. In addition to Catherine P., other school supply basket winners included Alexis F. of Barnegat, Mackenzie M. of Howell, Allison J. of Jackson, and Micah R. of Wall Township.

Congrats to all our Summer Readers!

Pictured at top: Grand Prize Winner Catherine P. with her Kindle Fire Tablet.

Pictured at bottom: Four age group runner up basket winners Alexis F., Mackenzie M., Micah R., and Allison J. 

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About First Financial Federal Credit Union

First Financial Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative whose goal is to provide the highest level of quality products and personalized services while maintaining financial integrity and stability.  Our vision is to be a long-term financial partner with our Members. While First Financial has a highly trained, professional staff using the latest technology, we also pride ourselves on our personal touch. Unlike huge banking conglomerates, policy setting and overall strategic direction of First Financial are overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of credit union members. The credit union is federally insured by the NCUA. For more information on First Financial, visit


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