Nov. 12, 2003 — Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School is home to a Mothers and Daughters Club consisting of female students and their moms, and last Friday night the members held their first sleepover — at the school.
Before bedtime, however, it was gift-giving time, and playing pre-seasonal Santa was Sen. Shawn-Michael Malone, who arrived with a 19-inch television set that he donated to the group.
"When I was asked if I could assist, I did not hesitate — for the sole reason that I understand the need for strong parental support and guidance for children who are going into their teen-age years," Malone said in making his presentation. He noted that he was a member of the first seventh-grade class at the school, in 1980, and added, "I could not say no to my alma mater."
Malone applauded the mothers, daughters and organizers for committing their Friday night to the activity, encouraged them to stay with the program and handed out copies of the territorial Youth Activities Directory his office produced earlier this year.
School librarian (and 1981 V.I. Carnival queen) Soraya John-Potter organized the club, which seeks to foster positive relationships between mothers and their daughters at the challenging time for both when girls are in their adolescent years.
Also present Friday night were Earl DeWindt, assistant principal; Penny Woods, school nurse; Dr. Sharron Helm; and music/steelband teacher Liston "Matey" Sewer.
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