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Frank McKenna Goes Back to Grade 8
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. /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca. Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/
For further information: Jennifer Martin, TD Bank Financial Group, (416) 308-6473, [email protected]; Caterina Magisano, Junior Achievement of Central Ontario, (416) 360-5252 ext 238, [email protected]
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