Nov. 12, 2002 – The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands announced on Tuesday the awarding of 34 grants totaling $20,000 to teachers and guidance counselors in the territory's public schools that are being provided by the Anderson Family Fund for Education.
"The Anderson Family Fund 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," a CFVI release stated.
John E. Anderson, chair of Topa Equities (VI) Ltd., said his family and Topa "are very pleased to support the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands" in the knowledge that the grants "will be put to good use in many different community-oriented projects."
The awards are the first in what will be an annual grants program to provide funding on a competitive basis to teachers, assistant teachers and guidance counselors for classroom projects aimed at improving student achievement. In its first year, the program drew applications from 96 educators from 26 of the territory's 36 public schools and seeking more than $88,000, the release stated.
A committee of community volunteers reviewed the applications and allocated the funding. "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," according to the release.
School projects funded
The 34 grants range from $1,000 to $155.80. The recipients and their proposals:
– Elaine W. Jacobs, Julius E. Sprauve Elementary School, $1,000: publication of "Sea Gulls Soaring: An Anthology of Student Writings." Planning, writing, printing and collating students’ writings.
– Carol Mestemaker, Charlotte Amalie High School, $1,000: Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification Program for students. Enrichment of health and physical education classes.
– Osaze Chinwe, Peace Corps Elementary School, $1,000: Mask Making: Faces and Places, an 8-week course in papier mache and clay mask design and construction.
– Joan Willock, Arthur A. Richards Junior High School, $1,000: Lunchtime Mathematics Tutorial. Materials to provide students extra help in math for standardized tests and course work.
– Marla Powell, Sprauve School, $984.80: Young Authors Book-making Workshop. To involve students in writing and making books.
– St. Claire E. Potter, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, $954.70: Making Geography and Economics Come Alive. Incorporating electronic learning tools and visual aides for geography and economics classes.
– Juanita Joseph, Evelyn Marcelli Elementary School, $931.70: Tech Works Technological Awareness. Computer applications in keyboarding, painting, drawing, graphics, word processing, information systems and networking awareness.
– Grullonn and Peters, Alfredo Andrews Elementary School, $836.80: Building a Weather Station. Researching and building a barometer, thermometer, rain gauge, etc. to collect and record data and make predictions.
– Dahlia C. Adams, Addelita Cancryn, $825.12: Second Language Learning Centers. To provide supplemental materials to aid and motivate students in classroom language learning.
– Ermin Stevens, Joseph Gomez Elementary School, $803: Raising Readers Literacy Program. Program for parents and children including reading at home and familiarizing parents with educational programs.
Elizabeth Rezende, Central High School, $650: Scavenger Hunt for Reading and Current Events. To develop a reading/current events club for students to respond to works read via letters to authors/characters, writing alternative scenes and endings, etc.
– Louise T. Lettsome, Ulla F. Muller Elementary School, $600: Virgin Islands Traditional Foods and Cookbook. Guest speakers, demonstrations on cooking traditional dishes, interviewing family members and friends and collecting local recipes for a cookbook.
– Janelle Thomas, E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary School, $600: Parents in Partnership. To promote positive feelings about school and school success for their children among parents via a series of workshops/seminars.
– Jacqueline J. Ashe, Evelyn M. Williams Elementary School, $500: Welcome to Success. Field trips and other incentives to inspire alternative 5th and 6th grade classes to change behavior and work habits.
– Wilbert Brooke, Lockhart Elementary School, $500: Expansion and Upgrade of the Lockhart Band Instrument Inventory. To buy student model Selmer flutes.
– Margaret Burnett, Positive Connection Alternative Education School, $500: Math Enrichment/Math Bee. To provide additional software products for Life Skills Math and sponsor a Math Bee to encourage learning via a "fun experience."
– Gladys Collins, Addelita Cancryn, $500: Skills Enhancement Program. To buy hands-on materials to help non-English-speaking students understand science and math concepts.
– Annette M. Gereau, Lew Muckle Elementary School, $500: We Write Right Here! To improve writing skills and expose students to various writing genres.
– Hyacinth L. Joseph, Arthur A. Richards, $500: The Island Sun, A School Newspaper. To buy equipment and supplies to develop and improve writing skills and familiarize students with journalism.
– Mary Louise Lauffer, Joseph Sibilly Elementary School, $500: Keeping Traditions Alive: Crafts of the Northside. For pupils to observe and document the making of traditional crafts by community members and create their own projects to display at fairs and school venues.
– Mechele Lett, Leonard Dober Elementary School, $500: The Dober School Store. To acquire materials to teach pupils business and math skills via running a store.
– Rodney Moorehead, Alfredo Andrews, $500: Pride and Responsibility Character Education. For pupils to research, plan and carry out the decorating of restrooms for grades 3-6.
– Lyn Reid, Lockhart School, $500: Descriptive Video Enrichment Program. To describe visual images via narrated description of actions, costumes, gestures and scene changes.
Awilda Rivas, St. Croix Educational Complex High School, $500: Safety is First in the Science Lab. To buy a Tyvek Lab, aprons, safety spectacles and safety guidelines charts.
– Gayle Washburn, Central High. $500: Reluctant Reader Enticement Program. To motivate reluctant readers via writing assignments to reinforce interest in stories, developing writing portfolios and delivering speeches.
– Randall Evans Yoder, Educational Complex, $500: The On Island Collection and International Specimens. To expose science students to a variety of species.
– Helena Stevens, Ricardo Richards Elementary School, $483.97: Creating a Living Portfolio: Documenting Growth Electronically. For students to take digital pictures of their material and download the data to create a portfolio file.
– Malvern Gumbs, J. Antonio Jarvis Elementary School, $375: Instrument Drive. To buy clarinets for the school Music Department, which now has 12 musical instruments more than 50 pupils.
– Virginia Anderson, Educational Complex, $357.59: The Tears Project. Grief counseling for high school students who have recently and suddenly lost a close family member.
– Paulette Drew, Alfredo Andrews, $273.20: Tactile Learning Environment. Hands-on learning to supplement basic skills.
– Andrea C. Griffith-Bryan, Joseph Sibilly, $250: Ben Carson Reading Club. For books, certificates and recognition ceremony to motivate students to read.
– Hazel Henry, Lew Muckle, $250: Dictionaries and Thesauruses for the Classroom. For use in learning reinforcement via word games, exchange of papers and display of work.
– Carmen Simmonds, Alfredo Andrews, $175: Overcoming Adversity: Real-Life Reader Biographies. Books on Latin and Black Americans for classroom reading, library story-time and research.
– Debora Richardson, Alfredo Andrews, $155.80: The Nine Planets in Our Solar System. Hands-on activity to construct a simulati
on of Earth's solar system.
The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands was established in 1990. Last year, CFVI awarded more than a quarter million dollars in grants, scholarships and services to not-for-profit V.I. organizations. CFVI sponsors the Fatherhood Collaborative "to focus on the importance of responsible fatherhood for our children and our community," and produces the annual Kids Count report on the status of children and families in the territory.
Currently, nearly 40 named funds are administered by CFVI. For more information about the foundation or the funds, call 774-6031.

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