Revitalizing Children's Activities

by Coral Bay Community Council
Revitalizing Children's Activities
Revitalizing Children's Activities
Revitalizing Children's Activities
Revitalizing Children's Activities
Revitalizing Children's Activities
Revitalizing Children's Activities
Revitalizing Children's Activities
Revitalizing Children's Activities
Revitalizing Children's Activities
Revitalizing Children's Activities
Revitalizing Children's Activities
Revitalizing Children's Activities
New Preschool for 21 chldren
New Preschool for 21 chldren

During the last few months, COVID-19 precautions have meant no group childrens programs and Virtual Learning at home for students.  CBCC got a grant from another sources to support in-person Virtual Learning tutoring so did not use these funds for that.  Addtional Kindles were purchased to assist some students in getting online. 

The Preschool construction project has been proceeding slowly, but surely, with funding from this grant and other funding sources.  It is hoped that it can open in late January 2021, although that may be optimistic.  

Donated Books have continued to be distributed at no cost to individuals and to the Little Libraries.

More effort has been undertaken, including hiring a Community Facilities Associate to focus full time on improving our facilities and trying to make use of the FEMA post-hurricane support funds that are only very slowly become available through the territorial government.  This work is not funded under this grant -- but it is important to know that CBCC is continuing to work for children under a number of different program objectives.  There is also work to get a playground set up here, but we are encountering difficulty in getting insurance to cover childrens programs or playgrounds.  

Wishing everyone a better 2021 - with lots of real hugs and interactions - instead of our current Virtual Hugs.  Big things will happen in the new year!

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Efforts to continue to restore and support children’s programs after Hurricane Irma continue, but progress has obviously been held up by COVID isolation.  In this quarter, we have reprogrammed this funding and used other donated funds to purchase Kindles to allow children to access content and communicate with leaders of children’s groups using Facebook and other social media during the summer months that were devoid of organized in person programs. 

We also began the purchase of supplies to repair and upgrade the building for a preschool. We hope it will become available as a small group meeting space for children and adults during COVID, prior to the ability to use the building for a preschool serving 21 children.  This building is owned by the local Baptist church, and CBCC has committed to paying for building supplies and some work to make it usable.  CBCC plans to spend at least $25,000 from other current fund sources, including about $6,000 of this grant.  

We have just hired a new position for our work – A Community Facilities Program Associate – to focus our efforts and expand in this area over the next year and into the future.

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Efforts to continue to restore and support childrens programs after Hurricane Irma continue.  In this quarter, we have shifted to trying to encourage a preschool to open, run by the local Baptist church, and have committed to paying for supplies and some work to refurbish an existing building.  We plan to spend at least $25,000 from some current donations, including this grant proceeds .  

Closing down the schools and doing Stay at Home for the COVID virus has slowed down these efforts, but we are continuing what we can.  We are also helping children get Kindles and other resources and child sized cloth masks for reopening planned for Monday May 4th, under strict mask and small group only setttings.

We are also using this time to try to put together the fundraising package to purchase a transportation van for the Dynamic Dancers to improve transportation for children in Coral Bay and on St. John to special events and classes.  We need about $50,000 to purchase it. Ideas?

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During October, Coral Bay Community Council provided a contribution of prizes and supplies to the Carolina Corral, a horse riding stable and large animal resue center in hosting a Family Fun Day for kids of all ages. They got “touching” experience caring for farm animals from chickens to donkeys, and played games. Through GlobalGiving funds, Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC) was able to provide prizes for the children. It was a fun day for all.

My Brother’s Workshop installed two Little Library Units in early November, that were paid for by the grant. One was placed at the Calabash Boom Apartments where many of the Coral Bay children live and the other one near the Coral Bay Fire Station where many children pass by its central location. The Little Libraries are being filled with donated books for toddlers to teens to enjoy.   (This replaces our planned cooperation with the government on supporting a bookmobile, that they are not able to complete at this time.)

CBCC will continue to solicit donated books and a regularly scheduled volunteer will refill the libraries and keep them clean on a weekly basis.

December was the start of the Children's Gardening Program with the Dynamic Dancers as the core group. CBCC was able to provide kidsafe gardening tools, gloves, soil seed pods for kids to take home and care for. This experience will teach kids about how to grow their own food and agriculture.

Scholarships have been offered for the Kids and the Sea program. None have been requested yet.  That program restarts in January, so we will see. 

To continue to support transportation for children's programs, Gifft Hill School was given a grant to help support afterschool transportation from their afterschool programs, as well as pushing them to partner with other programs (although not all have been able to get restarted post storms yet.)

We still have funds to use to help programs.  But dollars aren't the only need, it turns out.  The Virgin Islands government which controls most facilities is still having difficulty post hurricane in getting agreements in place to allow childrens programs to be run.   The FEMA built Sprung Structure to replace the community center in Coral Bay is still not open to be used for any purposes, and needs additional safety work outside to separate it from the surrounding heavily damaged buildings.  So progress is slow - although we are ready to help -- including with these funds. 


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Dynamic Dancers in Coral Bay Labor Day Parade 2019
Dynamic Dancers in Coral Bay Labor Day Parade 2019

The summer of 2019 continued to be a challenging one for the people of St. John.  But we are recovering, and there were fun things for children  to do that challenged them to learn new skills over the summer.

Our project, with your support, allowed children to take a 3-day pottery making class at "Pottery in Paridise" in Coral Bay. The Dynamic Dancers got to go to the University of the Virgin Islands campus, with the grant paying the taxi van bill for transporting them across the island of St. Thomas.  The public summer school asked for and received funds for a special field trip tour of St. Thomas. Our project assisted other nonprofits and school programs in transporting children on field trips and paying the taxi fares to the airport for a Cariibbean Cruise by the Dynamic Dancers group -  25 children and their chaporones.

Carolina Corral offered a learning day about horses and farm animals to another summer school group.  They are hosting a family day to learn more about the animals and caring for animals, and having fun - Oct. 19th.  The grant will help support this. 

The Bookmobile project has been delayed by the Government, so CBCC has ordered two "Book Boxes" - to be installed in places children are in Coral Bay, and for "bring some, take some" books.  We will replenish as needed.

Now as school has begun, the afterschool and extra programs are still getting started.  We have offered to fund safe afterschool program transportation to Coral Bay from this grant.  We are also actively working on getting the post Hurricane temporary Sprung Shelter Community Center open.  There is a brand new St. John Boys & Girls Club that we may help too. 

The gardening program is just getting started this weekend. 

Thank you for all your help! 

Dynamic Dancers in Costumes paid for by grant
Dynamic Dancers in Costumes paid for by grant
Pottery Summer Camp
Pottery Summer Camp

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