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Week Of The Young Child Gets Kids Out of The Classroom For Activities And Fun!

WEEK OF THE CHILD: You’d be surprised how many adults participated inadvertently that week!

CHRISTIANSTED — Hundreds of young learners took to the D.C. Canegata Ballpark on Friday, April 21 for the culminating activity of Week of the Young Child, celebrated April 17-21, 2017 in the territory.

The orchestrated “fun day” celebrated students in kindergarten to third grade who are attending St. Croix district’s public elementary schools.

Students, parents and teachers enjoyed entertainment from the St. Croix Central High School Marching Band and a local DJ. St. Croix District Deputy Superintendent Faith Dane George-Boone and Elementary Programs Coordinator Jeselle Cruse-Peters, who plans the annual activity, gave opening remarks.

Miss St. Croix, Elle Nielsen led a rendition of the energetic, motivational dance “Move Your Body” by Beyoncé. Students were also treated to the widely popular Smurfs movie character, Brainy Smurf.

Participating agencies and community organizations were WAPA, VI Fire Service, WTJX Channel 12, My Sisters Keeper, Inc., St. Croix Jeep Association, VIPD’s McGruff the Crime Dog, the Office of Highway Safety’s Buckle Bear, Frederiksted Health Care, Inc., Home Depot, VIWMA and VITEMA. Students also enjoyed face painting by Jay Jay the Clown, bounce houses and tee-ball games.

The Department of Education’s Division of Cultural Education gave a presentation of Mocko Jumbies and the district offices of Agriculture and School Community Affairs provided information and giveaways to parents and students.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 40 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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