On behalf of EECU, I would like to say thank you to our members and to our EECU staff for all that was done to make our “Collaborating Against Hunger” Food Drive a tremendous success. Because of your efforts, we were able to donate 818 pounds of food to the Tarrant Area Food Bank just in time for Thanksgiving.

Together we made a difference. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Lonnie Nicholson, President / CEO

(left to right) Business Development Manager Natalie Parish, Chief Information Officer John Bock, Texas Business Lenders Group President Robert Campbell, Fort Worth Branch Relationship Manager Vija Moncure, President/CEO Lonnie Nicholson and Chief Commerce Officer Cindy Baker

Mound Elementary School in Burleson ISD is the oldest school in the district and was built in 1962. It is a school that is overflowing with school spirit and team work. EECU’s Burleson branch has worked with Mound Elementary for more than ten years as a community–business partner.

Each school year EECU representatives and the Mound Leadership Team meet to design a plan for the best allocation of sponsorship dollars from EECU. After the 2010-2011 meeting last fall it was clear that the school needed assistance with reaching students struggling in science. The sponsorship funds were allocated for the purchase of new equipment and materials for the science lab, where science comes to life.

After a year of hard work and dedication by Mound Elementary School teachers and staff, Principal Rexanne Higgins was elated to announce that TAKS scores in science increased from 80% passing to 85% passing. The elevation in scores also helped Mound Elementary gain the Recognized Campus rating by the Texas Education Agency.

“We are so proud of the students, families, teachers and staff members at Mound Elementary! EECU is honored to play a very small part in the academic success of these kids. We look forward to another school year of partnering with a great group of people dedicated to learning,” says EECU Burleson Branch Manager Laurie Montgomery.

“We are very appreciative to EECU for donating funds that we were able to utilize in purchasing science lab materials which resulted in an increase in student achievement on state science assessment!” says Mound Principal Rexanne Higgins.