Nov. 28, 2005 - The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) is excited to announce the award of $21,835 in grants to 35 public school teachers on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John for the enrichment of learning in their classrooms. The Anderson Family Fund provides these annual grants for Education at CFVI. Since 2002, almost $85,000 has been awarded in teacher grants from the Fund.
A committee comprised of volunteers from the community carried out the task of evaluating proposals from an impressive pool of eighty-three applicants. Priority was given to proposals where students are directly involved in the project, creative strategies and activities are used to improve student learning, and outcomes are measurable and substantive, as per the eligibility requirements. Thirty-five grants ranging from $1,000 to $200 were awarded to 16 St. Croix, 14 St. Thomas and 5 St. John teacher applicants.
"During the past four years, it has been a distinct pleasure to assist the public school teachers and the students of the Virgin Islands with the Anderson Family Teacher Grants," said John Anderson Sr., chairman of Topa Equities Ltd. in Los Angeles. "Most of all, our family enjoys hearing about the great ideas and projects the teachers and students are able to enjoy as a result of the awards." The Anderson's corporate holdings in the V.I. include: Topa Properties Ltd., Bellows International Ltd., West Indies Corporation, Caribbean Cellars (BVI), Topa Insurance Services, Dorchester Insurance and Leeward Islands Management.
The Anderson Family Fund for Education was established in 2002 to improve public education for economically disadvantaged children in the U.S.V.I. by supporting educational enrichment programs unavailable as part of the regular school curriculum.
Currently there are more than 70 named funds at CFVI providing scholarships, grants and supporting programs in the U.S.V.I. CFVI produces the annual Kids Count report on the status of children and families in the U.S.V.I. The 2005 Kids Count Data Book will be released at public forums during the first week of December. Contact CFVI for details. Individuals or businesses wishing to know more about CFVI should call 774-6031.
Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
Anderson Family Fund for Education, 2005 Teacher Grants
1.) Arthur A. Richards Jr. High School: Ms. Hyacinth L. Joseph; Language Arts Tutorial: Reading and writing tutorial will be open to all students during lunch two days a week; Grant Award: $660
2.) Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School: Ms. Felicia A. Alexander; Taking Care of Living Things: To teach students to understand and take care of living things such as planting, and caring for fish in the classroom; Grant Award: $800
3.) Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School: Ms. Phebe Schwartz Davis; Reading and Writing in the Visual Arts: To incorporate reading in writing in the subject area of art by creating. postcards, and mini-books where students summarize biographies of artists. Will also subscribe to "Scholastic Arts" magazines; Grant Award: $500
4.) Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School: Ms. Soraya R. Potter; to provide at-risk students with an after school program which will teach them how to re-build/repair their own computer; Grant Award: $1,000
5.) Charles H. Emanuel Elementary School: Ms. Andria Bonit; Learning through Recreational Activities: To provide constructive and entertaining activities for students lunch period; Grant Award: $250
6.) Charles H. Emanuel Elementary School: Ms. Audrey John; Hornet's String Music After-school Program: To expand the music program to include a beginning violin class geared towards fourth, fifth and sixth graders; Grant Award: $750
7.) Charles H. Emanuel Elementary School: Ms. Carmen Gonzalez; Hornet's Reading Mentroing Program: To begin a Reading Mentoring Program and provide tutorial lessons. Thirty-one high school student will mentor third graders; Grant Award: $600
8.) Charlotte Amalie High School: Ms. Otensia Peets-Allamby; My First Power Point Presentation: Students who are learning disabled will be learn to make a presentation of their choice using Power Point and will use an LCD projector that will be purchased; Grant Award: $855
9.) Charlotte Amalie High School: Ms. Phyllis A. Johnson; Create Classroom Library: to The students will collectively participate in creating a "classroom library" which they will use before school, after school and during lunch; Grant Award: $400
10.) Department of Education: Ms. Shawna L. Francis; Supportive Educational Technology in the Special Education Classroom: This project will take place within the Specified Instructional Services classes and the Modified Instructional Services at several schools. The interactive software packages allow students to move beyond basic cause and effect skill to complex choice making, and the introduction and support of basic literacy and math skills; Grant Award: $975
11.) E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary: Mr. Theodore Rohan; Student Technology Lab: Students from fourth to sixth grade will participate in the Student Technology Lab and will produce a series of thirty minute digital video productions documenting a variety of school activities; Grant Award: $859
12.) Eulalie Rivera Elementary: Ms. Marcia Christian; Count on It: Using a calculator for more than just numbers: This project "Count on It" provides opportunities for struggling students to use the latest technology in calculators and use them for more than just numeration; Grant Award: $500
13.) Evelyn Marcelli Elementary School: Ms. Editha E. Jackson; F.R.A.M.E. (Family Reading and Math Education): F.R.A.M.E. will meet two hours weekly for two six week time blocks where the focus will be reading and math skills; Grant Award: $500
14.) Evelyn Williams Elementary School: Mr. Jerome Weninger; Soar to Success Reading Intervention Program: An eighteen week after-school program to accelerate fourth grade students' reading abilities as quickly as possible; Grant Award: $750
15.) Evelyn Williams Elementary School: Ms. Jacqueline Ashe; I See, I Hear, I Learn Thus I Became a Happy and Successful Student: To create a center that can be utilized for Reading and Math centered activities for third grade students; Grant Award: $600
16.) Guy H. Benjamin Elementary: Ms. Brenda Brown; Improving Reading Comprehension: To enrich the classroom library with supplemental reading books that correlate to the current Harcourt Basal Reading series giving third graders an opportunity to read literautre independently; Grant Award: $650
17.) Guy H. Benjamin Elementary: Ms. Lisa M. Penn; Guided Reading Groups: To involve creating an on-level reading and above level reading group; Grant Award: $500
18.) Guy H. Benjamin Elementary: Ms. Lucille Parsons; St. John - From A to Z: To expose students to plants and animals that can be found on the island. Students will research to find plants and/or animals whose names begin with each letter of the alphabet, create an illustration of them, and write a poem about them; Grant Award: $300
19.) Guy H. Benjamin Elementary: Ms. Patrice L. Harley; Growing Fruits and Vegetables: Students will work in the garden to grow fruits and vegetables; Grant Award: $300
20.) I.E. Kean High School: Ms. Deborah DeRoche; Stepping up to Printing: To expose the stepping team to the process of printing their own uniform shirts; Grant Award: $750
21.) J. Antonio Jarvis Elementary School: Ms. Debra P. Sharpe; Primary Spelling Bee: To hold a Primary Spelling Bee for second and third grade classes. The purpose of the spelling bee is to help students improve their spelling and increase their vocabularies; Grant Award: $250
22.) Joseph Sibilly Elementary: Mrs. Leslie Rockstein; Reaching All Learners: To provide a reading program for fourth grade class and raise their reading levels; Grant Award: $500
23.) Julius E. Sprauve School: Ms. Jolie Meyerovitz; Readers Theater: To involve fourth graders in monthly readers theater presentations; Grant Award: $200
24.) Lew Muckle Elementary School: Mr. Lister V. Lawrence; Set of Scientific Encyclopedias: To purchase encyclopedias which will be used in the classroom by the students. Having them will increase students vocabulary, broaden their knowledge and learn; Grant Award: $500
25.) Lew Muckle Elementary School: Ms. Janie Reed; Gyotaku prints: Students will reproduce a "Gyotaku" fish and a reptile print; Grant Award: $500
26.) Lew Muckle Elementary School: Ms. Maria C. Edwards; Wake -Up Reading Project: To build the literacy of the intermediate students (grade 4-6) before the school day starts, during lunch and recess time; Grant Award: $600
27.) Lew Muckle Elementary School: Ms. Sharon Brownie-Brown; Orff Schulwerk Music Method: To provide students with hands-on teaching method in music instruction which involves singing, movement and Orff instruments; Grant Award: $675
28.) Lockhart Elementary School: Ms. Julia Jn-Baptiste; Striving to Read: To provide a listening center where students will have the opportunity to listen to someone read; Grant Award: $285
29.) Lockhart Elementary School: Ms. Lyn Reid; Cooking without Looking: To provide an after school program for students who are blind and visually impaired. To teach safe ways of cooking, featuring adaptive equipment and techniques especially designed for visually impaired individuals; Grant Award: $900
30.) Peace Corps Elementary School: Ms. Heather Michelle Saks; Elementary Dance/Aerobics: Students will be involved in fun exercises which will meet individual needs and provide opportunities for success; Grant Award: $750
31.) Ricardo Richards Elementary School: Mr. Frederick E. Williams; Ricardo Richards Creative Arts Ensemble (String Section): To purchase additional string instruments to grow to become a mini-orchestra; Grant Award: $700
32.) Ricardo Richards Elementary School: Ms. Clara T. Evans; Classroom Libraries: To equip the classroom with a library to enhance the reading program; Grant Award: $500
33.) Ricardo Richards Elementary School: Ms. Zahra O'Reilly; Edu Caching Club: Treasure Hunt for the 21st Century: Students will learn about the advance technology of a Global Positioning System (GPS), design and seek educational treasure caches, and explore the great potential of this technology as a means of engaging in high-end learning across disciplines: geography, latitude, and longitude etc; Grant Award: $990
34.) St. Croix Central High School: Dr. Stephen K. Cohen; Introduction to the Forensic Sciences: To introduce students to the forensic sciences is a new advanced science course applying physical science, biology, chemistry and math to criminal investigation; Grant Award: $986.52
35.) St. Croix Educational Complex High: Mr. Jose A. Rivera; Tracking our weather: Students will learn how the factors of temperature, barometric pressure, and humidity interact to create weather. Students will use sophisticated weather tracking equipment and learn how leading-edge technology has improved our understanding of weather and ability to forecast it; Grant Award: $1,000.