TD Bank and First Book Provide Books for Children in Need
CHERRY HILL, N.J., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank and First Book a nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in underserved communities have partnered to provide children in kindergarten to second grade access to age-appropriate books at home and in their schools through a new program, Banking On Books. First Book works collectively with publishers and schools across the United States to support the "National Campaign for Grade Level Reading." TD Bank has committed to supporting this program by providing a $125,000 donation to the nonprofit.
It is widely recognized that an alarming number of children about 67 percent nationwide, with more than 80 percent from low-income families are not proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Committed to education, TD Bank and First Book are dedicated to ensuring that students have access to books that foster a love of learning, and ultimately the tools needed to succeed in school. TD will partner with community schools for three reading sessions where TD employees will leave behind over 22,000 financially-themed books at 364 schools once the program is completed in June.
Banking On Books recipients include:
Delaware: Wilmington - David Harlan Elementary School
Florida: Fort Lauderdale - Daystar Academy, Boynton Beach; Riverland Elementary; Miami - Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary, Lauderhill; Agenoria S. Paschal/ Olinda Elementary, Comstock Elementary, Eneida M. Hartner Elementary, Kelsey L. Pharr Elementary, Linda Lentin K-8 Center, Orchard Villa Elementary; Miami Gardens - Rainbow Park Elementary; Orlando - Ventura Elementary; West Palm Beach - Northmore Elementary
Massachusetts: Dorchester- Oliver Wendell Homes; Hyde Park - Roosevelt School; Lynn -E.J. Harrington School; Revere - Garfield Elementary; Roslindale - Charles Sumner Elementary; Roxbury - David A. Ellis Elementary, Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School; Salem - Saltonstall School
North Carolina: Wilmington - Sunset Park Elementary
New York: Bronx - Family Life Academy Charter School 2, PS 386, PS 91 Bronx, PS/MS 20 George Werdann III, PS 369 Young Leaders Elementary; Brooklyn Brooklyn Landmark Elementary, Brownsville Ascend Charter School, Hyde Leadership Charter School; New York City Harlem Link Charter School, Manhattan Christian Academy, PS 126 Jacob August Riis, PS 2 Meyer London School, PS 38 Roberto Clemente Learning Complex, PS4M/Duke Ellington School; Poughkeepsie Warring Elementary
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia - Ad Prima Charter School, Cayuga Promise Academy, E.W Rhodes, John H. Webster, Olney Elementary, Thomas G. Morton Elementary, Universal Vare Charter School, William Cramp Elementary
South Carolina: Georgetown McDonald Elementary; Greenville - Legacy Charter School, Monaview Elementary; Lugoff Doby's Mill Elementary