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Congresswoman Plaskett Encourages V.I. Students To Write To President Obama

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett is encouraging Virgin Island students to write the President of the United States asking him to visit the Virgin Islands before he leaves office in 2017.

Students who elect to participate in the Congresswoman’s letter writing initiative will be asked to write a one to three paragraph letter expressing why they believe President Obama should visit the territory.

“The purpose of this initiative is to engage students in an exercise of civic duty, while encouraging them to express their thoughts and opinions through writing. Throughout the year, I have made it a point to visit our schools and meet with our teachers and students. Our children are bright, energetic and have very unique ideas. We are hoping that the words of our bright young Virgin Islanders will add some persuasive fervor to our efforts in inviting President Obama to the territory,” Plaskett said.

Congresswoman Plaskett’s “letter to the President Initiative” is open to all sixth, seventh and eight grade students in the territory, including students from the territory’s public, private and parochial schools. The initiative is also open to 10-13-year-old students who are home schooled.

The participation period will open May 9th and run through May 31. During the participation period, outstanding letters will be posted on social media sites, and updates will be provided to followers and participants on the number of letters received. At the close of the participation period, the letters will all be compiled and forwarded to the White House.

The class with the most participation will be treated to a pizza party with Congresswoman Plaskett in their classroom at a date and time conducive to regular classroom instruction

For more information on the letter to the president initiative visit: www.plaskett.house.gov/letter-to-president

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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