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MWKF hosts TD Bank employees for Friday Book Club reading

The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation (MWKF) and TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank,partnered to bring the foundation’s Friday Book Club to a group of second-grade students on Friday, Sept. 23 from 3:30-4:15 p.m.

TD Bank Market President Cindy Stover and David Nelson, store manager for the bank’s Riverplace Boulevard store in Jacksonville, spoke to the students about the benefits of reading during the summer and introduced them to TD Bank’s Summer Reading Program. Stover then read “The Can Man,” a financially-themed book children can relate to that teaches the importance of compassion and sharing.

“The kids were great! We had a fun time reading to them and talking about the importance of reading during the summer, saving money and the value of money,” said Stover. “By partnering with the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation’s Friday Book Club, we hope to encourage children to keep their reading skills sharp not only during the summer, but throughout the entire year.”

MWKF’s Friday Book Club invites individual volunteers as well as groups, schools and organizations from the community to read to a classroom of students in grades K-2 who are enrolled in its TnT afterschool program. Some Book Club readings have included follow-up activities to help foster learning and reading comprehension.

“We really appreciate TD Bank participating in our Book Club. Our students thoroughly enjoyed learning about ‘The Can Man’ and were even more excited when they received their own copy of the book, along with TD piggy banks and backpacks. We are eager to continue our partnership with TD Bank in an effort to bring academic and financial literacy to our students and their families,” remarked MWKF CEO Terri Florio.

TD Bank’s Summer Reading Program encourages young people to read throughout the summer,rewarding them with $10 in a new or existing Young Saver account for reading 10 books. In 2010, 31,823 kids from Maine to Florida participated, reading a total of 318,230 books and earning $318,230, deposited into their Young Saver accounts.

Additionally, TD Bank recommends books such as “The Can Man” that help children learn about the importance of saving and the value of money.

Studies show that children who read regularly during the summer maintain or surpass the reading levels the achieved during the previous year. Conversely, studies also show that children who do not read during the months of June-September experience a “summer slide,” a dip in reading and writing skills that can be cumulative for children who avoid summer reading year after year.

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