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St. Croix Senator Helps Give Out Free Book Bags At N.E.S.T. Event At Chicken Shack

KINGSHILL — A St. Croix senator teamed up with a Florida-based educational foundation so that local children could get needed school supplies before the start of the school year.

Senator Javan James joined with the Hope for N.E.S.T. Foundation distributing free school supplies at the La Reine Chicken Shack on Saturday.

“Thank you for making this past Saturday’s event a great success!” James said on Twitter. “I partnered with the Hope for N.E.S.T. Foundation to supply our community with book bags and other goodies. It was a pleasure to giveback to our youth in such a fun and meaningful way.”

The Hope for N.E.S.T. Foundation is based out of Davenport, Florida, according to its Facebook page.

NEST is an acronym for “Nature, Environment, Science and Technology” based Education.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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