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PR # 190 March 27, 2009

TD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION GIFT HELPS STUDENTS ?ASPIRE?

TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, is making an investment in the future of young college prospects with a $15,000 gift supporting Raritan Valley Community College?s ASPIRE program. ASPIRE, a college preparation program initiated by RVCC at Franklin High School, provides a four-year blueprint to participating students who ?aspire? to a college degree.

?TD Charitable Foundation has a philosophy of giving that is rooted in the communities we serve,? said Pat Nydick, Vice President and Retail Market Manager at TD Bank. ?The ASPIRE program fits so well with our commitment to education and youth, so we are very pleased to be able to support a partnership between the College and Franklin High School.?

ASPIRE provides students, beginning in ninth grade, with the tools to succeed in preparing for, applying to and being accepted to college. Participants attend workshops that help them create a personal vision, learn study and time management skills, and assess career interests and align them with the academic preparation needed to succeed. ASPIRE participants are given the opportunity to earn college credit from RVCC in their junior and senior year of high school, giving them a head start on their future. College courses will be held at RVCC?s Franklin Center, located in Franklin Township.

?We are very grateful to the TD Charitable Foundation for this generous gift that will enable us to assist local students to become better prepared for college,? said RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill. ?The four-year ASPIRE program helps high school students improve their college-readiness skills through workshops, academic enrichment activities, academic advising, career assessment and mentoring,? Dr. Crabill continued.

For information on making gifts to the College, contact Betty Hutcheon, executive director of the RVCC Foundation, 908-526-1200, ext. 8349.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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