SCF Announces Sprint to Excellence Grant Awards for 2014-2015 School Year

The St. Croix Foundation is pleased to announce over $23,540.00 in Sprint to Excellence Education Grant awards on the island of St. Croix. As an extension of the Foundation’s Model Schools Initiative, the Sprint to Excellence Grant Program was launched in the fall of 2011 and offers grants to public schools for projects in the following priority areas: 1) Innovative Instruction and Professional Development; 2) Literacy Enrichment and Assessment; 3) Classroom Management & Discipline and; 4) Mentoring and Personal Development.

After a comprehensive review and selection process, the Foundation’s Grant Review Committee has awarded $23,540.00 to four (4) programs based in local public schools for the implementation of high-impact, academic-based initiatives that support the whole child.

Grants were awarded to the following schools:

  1. Ricardo Richards Elementary School – $15,000.00 for their Berry Core Ready Project
  2. VI Department of Education – $5,040.00 for Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) Program.
  3. Arthur Richards Junior High School – $1,000.00 for Classroom Management Initiative.
  4. V.I. Ja Goju Jitsu-Ryu Federation St. Thomas Parental Committee, Inc. – $2,500.00 for a Charles H. Emmanuel Afterschool Education Connections Program

The St. Croix Foundation’s STE Grant Review Committee has established strict grant reporting measures and phased disbursements which seeks to ensure that schools stay focused in meeting self-identified programmatic goals and timelines. In demonstration of their commitment to each school’s success, the Foundation will provide ongoing support and guidance throughout the duration of the project, with the hope that successful initiatives will serve as models for other schools in the future.

In addition to the Sprint to Excellence grant awards, the St. Croix Foundation has also awarded Dove Memorial Art Scholarship totaling $3,000.00 to Tariq Lionel, Keyshawn Hardy, Kaylisha Ann Jerris and AnutMeri Kahina Christopher for Arts scholarships.

According to St. Croix Foundation, Chief Operations Officer, Deanna James, “the Foundation is firmly committed to supporting innovative and collaborative educational projects on St. Croix. In these challenging economic times, our organization is acutely sensitive to how critical the funding provided through our grants is for our students and for community organizations.”

For more information on the Foundation’s educational grant programs or to donateto a scholarship fund, please call the St. Croix Foundation at 773-9898.

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