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HomeNewsArchivesWEED & SEED GETS 2ND YEAR FUNDS OF $175,000


The Estate Bovoni Weed and Seed Office received a grant award for $175,000 Thursday morning in the form of a ceremonial check presented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Azekah Jennings. And some of that money will wind up with a calypso beat.
The second-year funding came from the Department of Justice through the V.I. Housing Authority to support the Bovoni program.
Program Manager Zelda Williams was thrilled. "Our first year was great," she said. "We had $125,000 funding. And this year the additional money will go for our 'Prevention Through the Arts' program."
Then, warming to her subject, Williams said, "Now we are going to have the Weed and Seed Steel Orchestra." Among the great variety of courses taught during the program's summer school, steel pans stood out as a favorite.
But that's not all. A computer lab is still under construction, but should be finished this year. It's for adults as well as kid, and will feature desktop publishing, word processing and computer fundamentals. Fire Chief Merwin Potter along with some local businessmen will coach kids from ages six through 12 in baseball, and a Young Astronaut program and gardening club are in the works. The would-be astronauts learn science and space theory.
Starting next week Anthony Jenkins, assistant U.S. attorney, will commence his African drum and dance classes which he introduced last week at Weed and Seed's Halloween "Boo to Drugs" all day celebration. The classes will be held on Saturdays. And if you don't want to dance, there's junior golfing instruction.
Continuing programs include GED classes to allow young people to get their high school degrees, a parenting workshop, a peer helpers mentoring and tutorial program.
Thursday's celebration featured remarks by Williams, Jennings and Irma F. Hodge, V.I.H.A. director of management and tenant services. The formal presentations were followed by a pantomime and African Dance by the Boys and Girls Club.
The strategy of Weed and Seed is to weed out neighborhood crime and seed neighborhood revitalization through positive community programs and intervention—and, in this case, a Bovoni Weed and Seed Steel Orchestra.

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