Genisys Credit Union kicks off 4 year reading initiative with Herrington Elementary School

AUBURN HILLS, MI (June 4, 2019) — During the school year, Genisys Credit Union and Herrington Elementary School’s kindergarten and first grade classes kicked off a four year Reading Buddy program. Employees from Genisys Corporate Office became a “Reading Buddy” volunteer for a one hour time period two times a week. Each month, the students received their own personal book to read to their buddy to prepare for statewide standardized testing that takes place at the end of their third grade year.

“Pontiac School District has an excellent partner in Genisys Credit Union,” said Kelley Williams, Superintendent of Pontiac School District. “The classroom supports they provide are helping us better to prepare our students to reach Michigan’s PA306 reading benchmarks.”

In 2016, Michigan passed a law that requires third graders, beginning with those entering that grade for the 2019-20 school year, to be held back a grade if they’re a grade level or more behind in reading. Currently, Michigan ranks 41st among U.S. states in fourth grade reading scores (Nations Report Card), with only 46% of students proficient at a third grade reading level.

The goal of the Reading Buddy program is for Genisys employees to follow the kindergarten and first grade students through third grade to encourage them to read proficiently at a third grade level before the end of their third grade year before statewide testing. To track progress, the students are tested in October and again in March throughout the four years.

To celebrate the success of the first year an assembly was held in March, which is National Reading Month, where each student received a special “I Did It!” t-shirt and enjoyed the day with various activities.

“We truly enjoy sponsoring events that impact student’s lives, both present and future,” said President / CEO Jackie Buchanan. “Being able to support the communities we serve is an important part of what makes Genisys, Genisys.”

The reading initiative is a part of Genisys Credit Union’s “Making a Difference” Campaign. These campaigns aim to support and serve communities across Michigan, allowing the credit union to give back to the communities who have helped Genisys become one of the largest credit unions in the state of Michigan.

Students celebrating the completion of their first year of the Reading Buddy Program with Genisys Credit Union

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
Director, Social Responsibility
Phone: 248.835.8674

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