Anderson Family Fund provides $20,829 in grants to V.I. shools

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The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands awarded almost $21,000 in grants through its Anderson Family Fund for Education to local schools for a variety of projects.

A total of $20,829 in grants was distributed to 11 teachers from eight schools.

New this year was the award of three larger "collaborative school-based projects" grants of $5,000 each for creative proposals, the intention of which is to have a greater impact on students. The three grantees of the collaborative grants were: Juanita Gardine and Charles H. Emanuel Elementary Schools; Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School; and Emanuel Benjamin Oliver Elementary School.

An award of $5,000 was made for Battle of the Books - A Collaborative Project to Celebrate Literacy. The award was made to the Gardine and Emanuel schools, which will work together to creatively encourage their fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders to read.

A project proposed by Boschulte Middle School also was awarded a grant of $5,000 to build a Digital Science Laboratory at the school to benefit all science teachers and students.

Oliver Elementary School received a $5,000 award for its Student Success Project, an afterschool program that will use technology to provide remedial services for students in kindergarten through third grade who are at risk for poor academic performance.

The Community Foundation also awarded eight individual teacher grants ranging from $470 to $1,000 for the following projects:

- Boschulte Middle School - $471 for the BCB Interactive Learning Library.

- Ulla Muller Elementary School - $1,000 for the Muller School Drama Club.

- Gayle Deller - $500 for the triathlon team of students from Muller Elementary School and Addelita Cancryn Junior High School.

- Emanuel Elementary School - $605 for the CHE School Newsletter.

- Arthur Richards Junior High School - $1,000 for the "Continuing the Tradition" program.

- Clifton Williams - $500 for a Saturday kids soccer program at Charlotte Amalie High School.

- Arthur Richards Junior High School - $953 for the Chenes Solar Gardens.

- Lockhart Elementary School - $800 for the "Creative Artists in Action" program.

Locally, the Anderson Family Teacher Grants are funded by St. Thomas-based Topa Properties, Ltd.

The Anderson Family Fund for Education was established at CFVI in 2002 to support a wide range of educational enrichment programs for the students of the Virgin Islands public schools that are unavailable as part of the regular school curriculum.

Since its inception, the Anderson Family Fund has awarded more than $250,000 in teacher grants throughout the territory.

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