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Living Museum of Historical Virgin Islanders Take Center Stage at JESS Summer Program

The students and staff of the Julius E. Sprauve School’s 21st Century Summer Enrichment Program brought their summer to an end at the program’s close out activity held on Friday, August 11.

Students in various grade levels showcased their summer lessons and activities to a crowd of their peers, parents and community members.

Kindergarten and pre-Kindergarten students gave charming presentations offering their knowledge of the days of the week, months of the year and vowel phonetics.

Students in the baking class also took to the microphone and spoke about their experience in the baking/cooking class. The class then issued local cookbooks that included recipes for dishes they baked and cooked in class over the course of the summer.

The highlight of the program was the Living Museum play. The play was set in a gallery where historical Virgin Islanders, who have impacted the community in positive ways come to life. The characters, played by students in the theater class, are statues awakened to tell their stories. Drums accompanied the statues which brought them to life. Students gave powerful and informative “Do you know who I am?” monologues demonstrating their knowledge of Virgin Islands history and pioneers.

Historical Virgin Islanders depicted in the play included Queen Agnes, Queen Mary, Dr. Cora Christian, Lucinda Millin, Anesta Sewer, Earle B. Ottley, Arona Petersen, Dr. Laverne Ragster, Dr. Donna Christiansen, Elaine I. Sprauve, Col. Caroline Adams, Dr. Melvin Evans, Bertha C. Boschulte, Ariel Melchoir, Sr., Ivanna Eudora Kean, Ruby Rouss, Judge Eileen Petersen, and Anna Heegard.

The 21st Century Summer Enrichment Program included academics in the morning and a variety of activities in the afternoon, to include, jump rope, traditional African drumming, STEM crafts, Zumba, art, board games, theater/drama, and computer classes. Yvonne Wells, serves as the program director and Dariel Bastian-Hendricks is the Sprauve School's site coordinator.



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