LAFCU reading event celebrates butterflies, bees April 28

Community News |Apr 26, 2021|3 min read

LANSING, Mich. — LAFCU’s April reading event for Michigan kids celebrates two of spring’s winged wonders: butterflies and bees.

The Michigan credit union will present LAFCU Listen & Learn Butterflies & Bees, Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m. The free, virtual event is designed to encourage children up to age 12 to read through fun, interesting and informative ways.

The featured story is “Teachers Smell Like Butterflies,” read by its author, Elaine Hardy, of East Lansing. Viewers will get a peek into the Butterfly House at MSU’s Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden, and Don Snoeyink with Thornapple Woodlands, a Grand Rapids beekeeping business, will explore a real beehive. The April event is presented in partnership with East Lansing Public Library.

“LAFCU is committed to helping the communities we serve to thrive,” said Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU chief marketing officer and chief diversity officer. “Because strong reading skills are essential to life success, the focus of the LAFCU Listen & Learn Program is on making reading fun and enjoyable.”

Also featured are students in a Carin McEvoy’s in-person, second-grade class at East Lansing’s Donley Elementary School who will sing a song, and students at Abbott Nursery School, East Lansing, who will share their butterfly artwork. Three $20 eGift cards for a bookstore will be awarded.

Registration is at Using a provided web link, registrants can view the event on computers, tablets, smartphones and smart TVs. No additional software is required.

The LAFCU Listen & Learn Program also offers ongoing virtual readings of children’s books by phone and YouTube videos. Volunteer readers can register at

More information about the LAFCU Listen & Learn Program is at


Chartered in 1936, LAFCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative open for membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Michigan and to businesses and other entities located in Michigan. The credit union serves more than 68,000 members and holds over $848 million in assets. It was named a Best Credit Union to Work For in 2020. LAFCU offers a comprehensive range of financial products and services as well as an expanding complement of financial technology solutions. Members enjoy benefits such as low fees, low interest rates on loans, high yields on savings, discounts, knowledgeable employees and nationwide access to fee-free ATMs. A recipient of the national Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award for credit unions, LAFCU enriches the communities it serves by supporting many organizations and causes. To learn more about LAFCU, call 800.748.0228 or visit