SJC Receives Grant from TD Bank Charitable Foundation

BROOKLYN, NY – July 17, 2012 - St. Joseph’s College is pleased to announce that it was the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, funded by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank. This grant will be used to enhance and expand the services provided by the Academic Center for Enhancement Services (ACES) Program, which serves high-achieving St. Joseph’s students on the Brooklyn Campus who speak English as a second language.

Founded in 2000, the ACES program focuses on theme-based teaching, instruction that involves reading a series of works that address the same subject matter. To complement this, ACES students also participate in experiential learning, with students having opportunities to visit museums and historical sites that directly correlate with the theme of study. Through this approach, ACES students gain a fuller experience that enables them to completely appreciate and acclimate to the language, as well as develop their vocabularies quicker due to the commonality of certain words and phrases within the theme.

“As the ACES Academic Program has grown in numbers, in student diversity, and in the range of interests and course themes now encountered as part of the ACES experience, it has become increasingly difficult to afford to take the majority of our ACES students on cultural excursions in the city (museums, plays etc.) that reinforce and build on what we are studying in the classroom,” stated Mik Larson, director of the ACES program, St. Joseph’s College. “This wonderful grant from the TD  Charitable Foundation will make it possible for us to attend more events and visit more institutions, while also allowing additional students to participate."

ABOUT THE TD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The TD Charitable Foundation is funded by TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made $88.6 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.

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 nearly 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, insurance products and services through TD Insurance, Inc., and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. 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.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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