Genisys Credit Union continues reading fun with students at Herrington Elementary

AUBURN HILLS, MI (May 24, 2023) — Genisys Credit Union and Herrington Elementary School in Pontiac continued their Reading Buddy Program with the school’s kindergarten and first grade classes. Employees from the credit union volunteered their time twice a week, from January to March, to help students further their reading abilities.

“It is our hope that our partnership provides additional support to teachers and students at Herrington Elementary to reach Michigan’s reading benchmarks,” said Jackie Buchanan, President and CEO of Genisys Credit Union.

The program highlighted the importance of literacy by pairing students with staff from the credit union. During each reading session, students read two to three books tailored to their current reading levels with the overall goal of increasing their reading proficiency. Partnering since 2018, the program was able to continue through the pandemic with video support. Various books of appropriate reading levels were selected and employees from Genisys created videos reading the books to the students. Teachers were then able to share the video as supplemental material as students read along with the books they received.

To celebrate the students’ completion of the program, the credit union partnered with Jimmy John’s Field and the United Shore Professional Baseball League to visit the kindergarten and first grade classrooms at Herrington. Ribbi from the Eastside Diamond Hoppers and Woolly from the Westside Woolly Mammoths visited the students, bringing smiles and spreading joy.

For participating in the program, students received bags from the credit union that had a celebration t-shirt and a book tailored to their reading level. The credit union plans to continue their partnership with Herrington Elementary for the Reading Buddy Program with the goal to give students an additional opportunity to further their reading abilities.

Herrington Elementary Students with Ribbi from the Eastside Diamond Hoppers and Woolly from the Westside Woolly Mammoths

About Genisys Credit Union

Genisys Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution that has been committed to helping its members financially since 1936. Based out of Auburn Hills, MI, the credit union is the fourth largest in Michigan with over 271,000 members and 32 branch locations. With a highly competitive suite of products such as High Yield Genius Checking and Youth Savings Account as well as loans for small to mid-sized businesses, Genisys specializes in providing consumer and business financial solutions through its branches, a multi-channel contact center, and a variety of mobile and online banking services. Genisys has consistently received the highest 5-star Bauer Financial Rating for safety and soundness along with receiving recognition from S&P Global Market Intelligence as a nationwide Top 10 Performing Credit Union. They are also proud to be committed to their communities by annually volunteering over 5,000 hours and partnering on over 1,000 community events. Connect with Genisys on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok by following @genisyscu. For more information visit


Theresa Doan
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