A School Year to Remember

Richard Vassallo (front R) and school principal Patrice Shipp (front L) at Orion's lunch celebrating Delano's SCORE Award.

As a tribute to our heritage as a teachers’ credit union and our understanding that strong schools create successful and productive people, we put an emphasis on staying involved with Memphis area schools.

For the 2015-16 school year, each of our 9 branches adopted a nearby school and had an active presence: sponsoring events, volunteering and recognizing outstanding teachers. These were some of our favorite memories…

Our Raleigh Branch adopted Delano Elementary School.  The Raleigh team proctored tests, chaperoned field trips, judged a science fair and spelling bee, served on the school’s Leadership Council and hosted a teacher appreciation luncheon to celebrate Delano’s 2015 SCORE Award.  And that was so much fun they hosted and served another lunch to celebrate the school year’s end.

Another favorite from Delano: making a special Christmas delivery to 8 students who were part of Angel Tree families. The gifts were bought with donations collected from Orion employees throughout the year.


Our Kate Bond Branch adopted Kate Bond Elementary. Our employees visited the school throughout year: reading to classes, presenting teaching awards, proctoring tests and giving Career Day presentations to some inquisitive 1st and 2nd graders!  The school’s annual Adopters Breakfast was a highlight too, with the teachers and staff treating us with food, music, and appreciation awards. But the highlight of year was the opportunity to present every student with a perfect attendance record during the fall semester a brand new bicycle.  The students returned the favor with a special visit to our Kate Bond Branch to serenade us with a medley of holiday songs.

Our American Way Branch adopted Cromwell Elementary. Kicking off the school year with a special project, the American Way team worked alongside teachers helping them setup their classrooms.  They spent an entire morning at the school helping organize, clean, and move furniture. Test proctoring and Teacher Appreciation lunches were part of their support and service to their new friends.

Our White Station Branch adopted White Station Middle School.  Throughout May the branch hosted a student art-show, displaying student pieces in their lobby. And to thank the teachers for a year of hard work, our White Station branch manager, Latoya Brewer, threw a  Cinco De Mayo party in their honor.


We know school’s out for summer, but we’re glad it’s not forever. Because we can’t wait to get back in the classroom and make new memories with our favorite teachers and students.