Barbara Walker, left, Director Social Responsibility & Community Involvement, reviews student reading progress with Manuel Jara Elementary Principal Marta Plata.
EECU’s commitment to education was recently recognized by Fort Worth ISD at their annual community partnership luncheon. EECU traces its roots back to December 1934 when a group of 10 educators each contributed $5 and Fort Worth Teachers Credit Union opened a desk in the Fort Worth ISD administration building. 85 years later, EECU has grown to serve over 200,000 members and has over $2 Billion in Assets but is still committed to education.
EECU employees have been providing weekly reading intervention to 1st and 2nd graders who are reading below levels, as part of the city-wide Read Fort Worth initiative. Students’ progress data points quantify significant progress with our one-on-one reading intervention. EECU’s outreach is part of the community wide goal to have 100 percent of 3rd graders reading at level by 2025. To achieve this essential early childhood literacy goal, it will require a concerted effort from not only the school district but the business and non-profit community too. According to Fort Worth ISD, EECU’s approach to support Read Fort Worth is a model that other businesses in the community can emulate.