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July 28, 2002 – The board of directors of the United Way of St. Thomas-St. John has accepted the V. I. Institute for Teaching and Learning as its newest agency to receive funds.
At its June meeting, the board voted to include the Institute as a member agency, based upon the recommendation of its agency membership committee.
Incorporated in 1994, the V. I. Institute for Teaching and Learning provides training, resources and experiences to stimulate reading, critical thinking and communications skills in young people, teachers and parents, according to a release. It is headed by local educator Dr. Linda Creque.
Utilizing volunteers and donated materials, the Institute runs three programs:
— the Mother Goose Program, which provides underserved parents of young children with books and activities to introduce their children to literature and science;
— the Health Connection, which provides learning activities on health issues in minority cultures for students between the ages of 9 and 14;
— Texas Instrument's Resource Center, which provides equipment, materials and supplies for a demonstration class in the use and application of calculators in math and science.
The Health Connection operates at Peace Corps School, while the Resource Center operates at Charlotte Amalie High School.
With the acceptance of the V. I. Institute for Teaching and Learning, the United Way's member agencies now number 18. The other agencies are: American Red Cross, V. I., Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Carabana Ensemble Theatre Company, Catholic Charities of the V.I., Civil Air Patrol, Dial-A-Ride St. Thomas, Dial-A-Ride St. John, Downstreet People's Youth in Action, Ebenezer Gardens, Friends of Volunteers in Public Schools, Girl Scout Council of the Virgin Islands, Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Shaky Acres, Victim Advocate Program, Fair Havens Summer Camp, Lutheran Reformation Summer Program, and St. Thomas Reformed Church Summer Program.
The United Way of St. Thomas-St. John operation recently relocated to new offices in Nisky Center, St. Thomas.
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