US Virgin Islands— For the 15th consecutive year, the Anderson Family Fund at the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has awarded teacher grants to educators in the territory. A total of $24,920 in grants were given to schools on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.
Since 2002, the Anderson family, through their local real estate management company, TOPA Properties, LLC, has awarded over $320,000 to public school teachers throughout the territory. The Anderson family also owns TOPA Insurance, Dorchester Insurance, Bellows International, West Indies Corporation and Caribbean Cellars. John E. Anderson, Jr., Chairman of Los Angeles-based parent company, TOPA Equities, Ltd., noted that his father attributed his success to the education he was fortunate to receive. Anderson explained, “My father believed in the values of hard work and education.”
Recipients of this year’s grants included 11 teachers and professionals working with 9 schools throughout the Territory. (See the list of recipients below.) The grants ranged from $300 to $5,000 each, and are intended to enhance learning opportunities for students.
Several schools asked for help in purchasing materials for art projects. Other requests included assistance with school publications; gardening materials to support school gardens; and funds to enable students to continue exploring cultural and environmental adventures throughout the Territory. “At the Community Foundation, we celebrate the on-going commitment of the Anderson Family and TOPA Properties which provides support to the students in our public schools. We appreciate the teachers who go “above and beyond” to provide creative strategies to promote student learning.” said CFVI’s president, Dee Baecher-Brown.
|Karissa Thurland-Perez||Alfredo Andrews Elementary School||St. Croix||Enhancing Literacy|
|Jessica Parker||Arthur A. Richards Junior High School||St. Croix||Continuing Tradition: Stepping Out & Exploring St. Croix through
Art Field Trips
|Bruce W. Phaire||CTEC(St. Croix Career & Technical Education Center)||St. Croix||Grand Prix “VI” Style|
|Margaret Burnett||CTEC (St. Croix Career & Technical Education Center||St. Croix||Art Exploration Project|
|Tara Jones||Gladys Abraham
|St. Thomas||Wellness Project|
|Nancy Liburd||Julius E. Sprauve School||St. John||Quelbe Music Project|
|Joanne M. Saunders||Lockhart Elementary School||St. Thomas||Visual & Performing Artists “Beautiful Creations” project|
|Lisa Magraas||Pearl B. Larsen School||St. Croix||PBL Edible Eats|
|Danica David||St. Croix Educational Complex High School||St. Croix||USVI Cultural Contributors Calendar Creation and Theatrical Performance|
|Aurora Ramis-Malupa||Yvonne E. Milliner-Bowsky Elementary School||St. Thomas||Building Life Skills with Classroom Cooking and Product Selling|
|Sandra S. Price Blyden||Yvonne E. Milliner-Bowsky Elementary School||St. Thomas||S2F: Kaleidoscope:
A Multi-media Melee
The Anderson Family Fund was established at CFVI in 2002 to support a wide range of educational enrichment programs for the students of the Virgin Islands public schools which are unavailable as part of the regular school curriculum. For almost 25 years, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has been bringing positive changes in the Territory through programs committed to youth, learning, family support and the environment. With a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors composed of local community leaders, CFVI is a leading advocate and supporter of programs that give children the best starts possible while ensuring opportunity and sustainability for our community in the future. CFVI operates or funds close to 50 community programs including The Family Connection, Kids Count, scholarships, teacher grants, emergency grants to families and elderly residents of the USVI. CFVI is a registered non-profit entirely supported by individual donors, grants, trusts, corporate donations and estate planning.
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