VI Educators Receive Teacher Grants from the Anderson Family Fund at CFVI

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.

Name School Island Project
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

Elementary School

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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