Junior Achievement and TD Bank Financial Group team up to teach
students the Economics of Staying in School
TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - Grade 8 students at Santa Maria Catholic School
received a visit from Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair TD Bank Financial Group and
TD's Literacy and Education Champion as part of their Junior Achievement
lesson on the Economics of Staying in School.
"It's a great opportunity to be able to personally impress upon students
the importance of continuing their education," says McKenna. "If we can
encourage these kids to understand the impact of completing their education,
then we have invested our time in a way that will not only make a difference
to them, but to their communities as well."
Each year, Junior Achievement (JA) arranges for volunteers to go back to
school for a day and teach students about the Economics of Staying in School
(ESIS). The day-long course is designed to show students how far they can go
by staying right where they are. The session encourages grade 8 students to
reflect on the advantages of remaining in school to acquire the knowledge,
attitudes and skills needed for long-term career success.
TD has been actively involved with Junior Achievement for more than ten
years and fields employee volunteers each year to teach the course. This year,
TD has more than 700 volunteers participating across the country.
Making a Difference Together: About TD's Community Giving
TD Bank Financial Group focuses its community giving on children's
health, literacy and education and the environment. The major flagship
programs within these areas are: TD Children's Hospital Fund, TD Friends of
the Environment Foundation and the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, TD
Canadian Children's Book Week, TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community
Leadership, and the TD Summer Reading Club. In addition, through the support
of our customers and employees, TD is involved with a host of national,
regional and local programs in support of diversity, arts and culture and
other causes. In 2006, TD donated $33 million to more than 1,600 charities and
not-for-profit organizations across Canada.
About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest and fastest growing
not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing hands-on experience and
essential business and life skills to young people. JA's programs reach over
7.5 million students in almost 100 countries each year because of the
dedication and commitment of volunteers from the business community. Junior
Achievement of Central Ontario is the largest of Canada's 17 charters and has
strong alliances with local school boards and business partners. During the
2006/2007 school year, Junior Achievement of Central Ontario's goal is to
reach almost 69,000 students in Toronto, York Region, Peel and Simcoe.
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For further information:
For further information: Jennifer Martin, TD Bank Financial Group, (416)
308-6473, Jennifer.L.Martin@td.com; Caterina Magisano, Junior Achievement of
Central Ontario, (416) 360-5252 ext 238, firstname.lastname@example.org