BRONX, N.Y., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Staff, students and supporters of Mott Haven Academy Charter School and The New York Foundling were treated to a live drumming performance by Haven Academy scholars, and school administrators were presented with a surprise three-year, $500,000 commitment from TD Bank today at the school's South Bronx campus.
In partnership with The New York Foundling, one of New York City's oldest and largest family service agencies, Haven Academy's vision is to address the barriers to educational achievement that plague children growing up in poor, underserved urban communities and particularly those in the child welfare system. Haven Academy, located in our nation's most impoverished Congressional district, is the first K-8 charter school in the nation to integrate a rigorous academic curriculum with supportive social services (provided by The New York Foundling), a program designed to give this vulnerable population the best chance at academic success.
The $500,000 donation will support The New York Foundling Futures After-School Program at Haven Academy, a key component of the school's model. The Program provides 100% of the school population with enrichment activities tied to school-day learning, academic skill-building, and the emotional support that these young scholars need in order to keep pace with students not facing the same level of instability at home. The program also keeps these children safe and constructively engaged during after-school hours.
"The dedicated teachers and staff at Haven Academy provide tremendous learning opportunities for children who have unique academic and social needs," said Chris Giamo, Regional President for TD Bank. "We are proud to support The New York Foundling and Haven Academy as they continue to help at-risk children find paths to future success."
"We believe that all children, regardless of their financial and familial circumstances, deserve a chance to succeed and to experience all that life has to offer," said Bill Baccaglini, Executive Director of The New York Foundling. "Without the Futures Program, the vast majority of our students would not receive the types of enrichment activities and academic support available to more affluent children. We are profoundly grateful to TD Bank for its commitment to making this program a reality for our students and their families."
The TD donation to support The New York Foundling's Futures After-School Program at Haven Academy will be paid over a three year period beginning in June 2012.
About The New York Foundling
Founded as a home for abandoned children, The New York Foundling has been saving children, preserving families and building communities since 1869. The Foundling's extensive network of community-based services provides havens for children whose safety is at risk, loving foster homes and specialized facilities to protect children, and support for families to strengthen them. In the tradition of openness and compassion of its sponsors, the Sisters of Charity, the agency touches the lives of more than 13,000 people each year in the New York City area and in Puerto Rico as it upholds its guiding principle: Abandon No One.
About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (TD). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves approximately 21.5 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance Canada; Wealth and Insurance, including TD Waterhouse, an investment in TD Ameritrade, and TD Insurance; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, and TD Auto Finance U.S.; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with approximately 8 million online customers. TD had CDN$774 billion in assets on January 31, 2012.The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,280 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized wealth management services through TD Wealth, and insurance products and services through TD Insurance, Inc. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. To learn more, find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDMoneyLoungeUS, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US, or visit www.tdbank.com.
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America and one of the few banks in the world rated Aaa by Moody's. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD." To learn more, visit www.td.com.
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