Dec. 17, 2003 — The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands announced that it has awarded $22,000 to 47 public school teachers on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. The teacher grant awards are provided by the CFVI's Anderson Family Fund for Education, which was established to improve public education for economically disadvantaged children in the USVI by supporting educational enrichment programs unavailable as part of the regular school curriculum.
"The Anderson Family and the Topa companies are very pleased to support the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands," said John E. Anderson, chairman of Topa. "These funds will be put to good use in many different community-oriented projects in the Virgin Islands."
Last year the fund distributed $20,000 in 34 grants.
A committee of volunteers from the community carried out the difficult task of evaluating proposals and awarding the grants to a pool of 95 applicants. Awards ranged from $1,000 to $200.
Priority was given to proposals which implemented direct student involvement, creative strategies, and activities designed to improve student learning.
Established in 1990 to serve the children and families of the Virgin Islands, the CFVI in 2003 awarded close to a half million dollars in grants, scholarships and services to charities, nonprofit organizations, families and individuals in the USVI.
Individuals or businesses wishing to know more about the CFVI or establishing a fund should call 774-6031.
The recipients and their projects, in alphabetical order by the teacher's last names, are:
Wilbert Brooks, Lockhart Elementary School: Musical Instrument Inventory — purchase of musical instruments. $500.
Andrea Bryan, Joseph Sibilly Elementary School: School Reading Club — lessons in reading comprehension and writing. $250.
Juelis Christian, Lockhart Elementary School: Reading Enrichment — purchase of reading enrichment materials. $500
Virginia Christopher, Lockhart Elementary School: Video Enrichment Program — purchase of materials to benefit the visually impaired and severely challenged. $250.
Anita de la Cruz, Edith L. Williams Elementary School: Textile Painting — supplies for designing and painting T-shirts. $400.
Lisa Etre, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School: Preserving the Traditional Arts of Basketry and Taino/Arawak Culture — instructions in basket weaving and making clay whistles. $500.
Denise Ferland, Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School — Literacy Learning Through Visual Art for Middle School Exceptional Students — use of art mediums to emphasize theories, events and cultures relating to science literature and social studies. $500.
Janice Gottlieb-Kennings, J. Antonio Jarvis Elementary School: Select, Read and Return Program — purchase books for the library, encourage students to read and participate in discussion with classmates. $300.
Patricia Hector, Evelyn E. Marcelli Elementary School: Read 180 — software for teaching intensive individual and small-group reading and writing skills. $445.
Dora Hill, Joseph Sibilly Elementary School: Project Parenting Team (Together Everyone Achieves More): — six-week parenting classes. $500.
Gayle A.K. Keller, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School: The Aquatic Program — community water safety instruction for students. $1,000.
Lisandra Latorre, Charlotte Amalie High School: ESL Lab — software to provide tutorial programs based on students' profiency level. $500.
Mary Louise Lauffer, Joseph Sibilly Elementary School: School Garden Club — reconstruction of damaged vegetable garden. $300.
Benita Martin, Charlotte Amalie High School: Vocational Self-Employment — vocational and employment skills for special education students. $450.
Norecia Martin, Joseph Gomez Elementary School: Literacy Centers for Kindergarten — opportunities for meaningful reading and writing activities. $500.
Chinwe Osaze, Peace Corps Elementary School: Artsmart: Kids Making Art Their Business — producing artwork for exhibit. $800.
Truvia Plaskett, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School: Keep Science Alive — science activities and projects to enter in the Science Fair. $500.
St. Clair Potter, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School: History and Geography Video Library — video library to reinforce lessons taught in
Sandra Price, Peace Corps Elementary School: Literature Circle — purchase of books for students to read and participate in book brags and a literature showcase. $540.
Lyn Reid, Lockhart Elementary School: Descriptive Video Enrichment Program — purchase of audio equipment for visually impaired students. $250.
Sharon Robles, Joseph Gomez Elementary School: The Hands On Approach — development of word processing skills, internet use and graphics. $400.
Theodore A. Rohan, E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary School: Student Technology Team — production of a video highlighting major school activities. $750.
Phebe Schwartz, Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School — Comprehensive Art Education Program — classes to establish continuity in art programming. $750.
Marva Thomas, Ulla F. Muller Elementary School: Operation School Safety Patrol — badges and uniform shirts for student patrols. $200.
Donna W. Tyson, Michael J. Kirwan Elementary School: Curriculum Materials Production Laboratory and Resource Center — making manipulative educational materials to enhance student achievement. $500.
Dale Francis, Julius Sprauve School: Bells for Beginners — fundamental music activities, musical instruments and books for lessons. $500.
Jacqueline Ashe, Evelyn M. Williams Elementary School: Success For All: Word, Power, Sound — materials and musical instruments for writing and creating poems to drum rhythms. $500.
Vilma Bigelow, Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School: Gardening Together and Nutrition — materials for students to experience gardening and good nutrition, create poems and dance. $200.
Fern Callwood, Evelyn M. Williams Elementary School: Educational Aids for Kindergarten — students to reinforce concepts and skills earned in the classroom. $500.
Sanda Cannonier, Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School: Hands-On Reading and Writing for Beginners — materials for small-group sessions on phonemic awareness, letter and sound relationships and grammar. $200.
Annette Carrington, Alexander Henderson Elementary School: School Drama Club — stage productions to teach public speaking, social skills and self-expression and build self-confidence. $500.
Claudine Eubanks, Evelyn M. Williams Elementary School: Picture Perfect Writing Project — use of visual aids to do expository writing and poetry; publication of books and photography. $500.
Angeli T. Ferdschneider, Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School: Ready, Set, Science — develop science projects to be judged and entered in the St. Croix Science Fair. $500.
India Finn, Evelyn M. Williams Elementary School: Marcus Garvey Market Place — hands-on lessons for 3rd grade students in business, math, history and community development. $750.
Jean George, Charles H. Emanuel Elementary School: Historical St. Croix Mural — students will learn island history by reading and conducting research and painting. $400.
Claudine Greenidge, Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School: Intermediate Hands-On Reading and Writing — materials for small-group sessions on phonemic awareness, letter and sound relationships and grammar. $200.
Avion James, Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School: School Patrol Program — badges and uniform shirts for student patrols. $200.
Renwick S. Lynch Sr., Claude O. Markoe Elementary School: School Chess Club — teaching chess in an effort to help with decision-making and analytic thinking. $250.
Estelle McIntosh, Claude O Markoe Elementary School: Newspaper Club — research into how a newspaper is produced and publishing a newspaper. $500.
Joan Paulus, Positive Connections Alternative School: Young Writers Association — monthly publication of student works. $579.
Janie B. Reed,
Lew Muckle Elementary School: Historical Tile Mural — materials for students to reproduce tiles and incorporate them into an integrated whole. $500.
Bernadette Richards, Juanita Gardine Elementary School: Meet The Author Series — purchase of books by local authors who will meet with students. $300.
Jose Rivera, Education Complex: Linear Measuring Skills Project — purchase instruments for students' use in taking measurements, including the hermaphrodite caliper and the depth gauge. $500.
Helena Stevens, Ricardo Richards Elementary School: Build It! Program It! Share It! — design and build objects to operate while learning scientific and engineering concepts. $989.95
Rhonda Vanterpool, Elena Christian Junior High School: Learn To Read — teaching reading skills to students reading below grade level. $350.
Reagan Willocks, Claude O. Markoe Elementary School: Helping Children Read Music — lessons in playing the recorder. $500.
Alice Wise, Ricardo Richards Elementary School: Project Citizen — students will make class portfolios. $500.
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