Kids had an afternoon of fun and when it was over, they had something to bring home and trim the tree with, as the 4-H ambassadors held a Christmas Ornament Festival for families at the UVI Extension Center on St. Croix.
“I want to share the Christmas spirit of 4-H with the community,” said Trey Francis, one of the 4-H ambassadors who organized the festival. “This event helps build leadership and communication skills while helping my community.”
The ambassadors are high school students who promote 4-H and act as role models for younger children while developing leadership skills. Sarah Dahl-Smith, 4-H extension agent at UVI, leads the program.
During the afternoon, more than 30 participants moved among 10 tables that offered the opportunity to make a variety of creative and beautiful Christmas ornaments and decorations.
Through the onslaught of the coronavirus, the U.S. Virgin Islands economy has remained fairly stable according to government officials and is projected to deviate by $70 million for the 2021 fiscal year compared to 2020.
They endured the economic downturn of the 2017 hurricanes and a protracted Main Street revitalization project, but nothing compares to the COVID-19 pandemic that has decimated the tourism industry they rely upon, say downtown St. Thomas merchants.
Rebuilding efforts at Gov. Juan Luis Hospital, and new COVID-19 and other procedures, were the focus of a meeting of the V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation Territorial Board Wednesday evening.
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