Mar 19, 2018

The Nonprofit Consortium: Doing it Differently!

30 nonprofits created visions for true rebuilding!
30 nonprofits created visions for true rebuilding!

The Consortium Leverages Hurricane Recovery into a Vision for St. Croix
In the first 100 days after Hurricane Maria struck the U.S. Virgin Islands in September 2017, so much of the community’s focus on the island of St. Croix was acutely focused on survival and front-line relief. Because of you, however, at the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development, we were concurrently coordinating relief efforts while also looking to the future, knowing that immediate needs would be met but that our community would soon need to move into the long-term community rebuilding and recovery phase.

As a nimble and innovative, place-based community foundation committed to equity, resilience, and collaboration, St. Croix Foundation is approaching disaster recovery differently with your help! By supporting and convening St. Croix nonprofit organizations through our Nonprofit Consortium, we are developing comprehensive and progressive sector-wide cases for the recovery and transformation of our island community. Working diligently and intimately with local nonprofits who span every sector of a healthy society (from Health and Human Welfare to Arts and Culture), we are clarifying and holding a vision of sustainable, holistic rebuilding. Having launched our Nonprofit Consortium in September of 2016, St. Croix Foundation was able to begin convening Consortium partners immediately after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in order to leverage our collective resources and meet the needs of the most vulnerable and underserved residents impacted by the storms.

With many critical government services on the verge of collapse before the storms, and completely broken afterwards, our Consortium of nonprofits has had to work collaboratively to restore their operations while also filling essential service gaps. In the six months since Hurricane Maria, our Consortium has begun to build a strategic framework and a collective vision for developing new approaches to strengthening and stabilizing St. Croix’s nonprofit sector as well as mitigating the devastation of natural disasters. As we chart a radical new course to recovery for our territory, we have drawn the conclusion that in small, isolated communities, directing investments to the Civic Sector is the most viable pathway to social justice, to equity, and to healthy economies.

Since our last report in December of 2017, St. Croix Foundation’s Nonprofit Consortium has been incredibly busy. Thanks to generous partners like you and Global Giving, the work of the Nonprofit Consortium is presenting a profound case for the critical importance of our grounding recovery strategies in our Civic Sector. Here are just a few major accomplishments of the Consortium in just the past 3 months:

On the Map at the Southeastern Council of Foundations
As one of the primary goals of the Consortium, St. Croix Foundation sought to expand opportunities to get the territory and U.S. Caribbean ‘on the map’ and recognized as a relevant funding priority for national and global funders. As is so often the case, many national funders or membership organizations have not recognized the Virgin Islands. In fact, before the work of the Consortium, St. Croix Foundation was notified by many of the largest national funders that the territory was simply not on their radar and that we shouldn’t expect that to change any time soon. Hurricane Maria changed that! And, today, after countless hours of advocacy, networking, and partnership building, on March 6, 2018, it was officially announced that St. Croix Foundation had successfully made the case for inclusion and membership at the Southeastern Council of Foundation (SECF), which boasts a network of over 300 foundations serving the southeast of the U.S., affording us and the 30-plus civic organizations that make up our Nonprofit Consortium access to a new national network of funders for support.

Hosted the 2nd Annual Nonprofit Consortium Funders Forum
In support of our NPC partners and to relieve local donors from the burden of supporting an overburdened sector, in February of 2017, we hosted 7 Senior Executives and CEOs from national philanthropic organizations on the mainland including the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Association of Black Foundation Executives, Minnesota Council of Foundations, Southern Education Fund and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation along with local thought leaders. Our goal? To introduce more philanthropic leaders to the Territory in order to open currently inaccessible funding streams for our entire civic community. As a result of that convening immediately after the hurricane St. Croix had 7 fierce champions who knew St. Croix Foundation, knew our nonprofit landscape, and who knew the passion and potential of our civic leaders who were working tirelessly to meet the immediate needs of the most vulnerable residents in our often forgotten American territory.

From March 9th -11th, the Foundation recently hosted our 2nd Annual Nonprofit Consortium Funders Forum, with 6 national philanthropic leaders. At the conference, 30 nonprofit leaders presented ‘sector-specific’ positioning and vision statements for the future of St. Croix. With Education, the Environs, Health & Human Services, and Arts & Culture organizations represented, nonprofits made progressive ‘cases’ to senior philanthropic executives from the Council on Foundations, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the philanthropic arm of FEMA and the Association for Black Foundation Executives.

The outcomes? Sonia Dow, Executive Director of the St. Croix Landmarks Society, provided historical and cultural context for the unique resiliency and vital importance of civic organizations on St. Croix. Ms. Dow was invited to speak at the next annual conference of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and the Southeastern Council of Foundations to highlight how a deep and shared understanding of cultural heritage and history among diverse groups leads to collaboration and resiliency even during the most challenging of times. As a model of how to achieve real resiliency, the Consoritum's work at the conference will further increase our exposure to the network of support for all of our nonprofits in the territory.

A Cohesive Vision for St. Croix
The Nonprofit Consortium brought together over 30 organizations that worked on positioning statements that would ground the Consortium in equity, sustainability, collaboration, empowerment, and policy. The following statements were developed at the 2nd Annual Nonprofit Consortium Funders Forum:

Nonprofit Consortium Positioning Statements

  1. St. Croix Foundation Nonprofit Consortium (NPC) is a place-based community convener and a network of grassroots organizations committed to equity and inclusion. The various non-profits who engage in the NPC serve the community and allow the NPC to identify the needs of the community. We utilize the resources of local and national networks to support, strengthen and empower the organizations and the community of stakeholders we serve.
  2. St. Croix Foundation and the Nonprofit Consortium is a leader incubator, bringing leaders together across over 30 organizations and 4 sectors for the purpose of system community change. We build collective power by maximizing the capacity of each organization to achieve their individual missions, build alignment, and share perspectives across and within the community. We create a unified voice for advocacy and social change on St. Croix and the infrastructure to support those changes.
  3. St. Croix Foundation, through the Nonprofit Consortium, bridges barriers and creates opportunities for cross-sectional collaboration towards one common goal: a brighter, more resilient St. Croix. By convening the Nonprofit Consortium, the Foundation has demonstrated its unique ability to engage our very diverse community like no other organization or government agency. Our charge now is to expand our reach by: (1) Creating stewards of positive change out of every person with which we interact, (2) Engaging with corporations, foundations, other non-profit organizations, governments, and individuals for the resources that we need to affect change; and (3) Empowering new, for-the-people political leaders that speak one, unified voice.
  4. The Nonprofit Consortium of the St. Croix Foundation develops and disseminates timely research and data that are equitable and accessible for supporting the intellectual capacity and power of the St. Croix community we are serving through transcultural and transformative initiatives. We develop and facilitate multi-strategic work that assesses and analyzes data driven - both quantitative and qualitative - eclectic human dynamics that implement multi-tiered solutions with sustainable economic foundations for intellectual research and development of the work of the Nonprofit Consortium.
  5. St. Croix Foundation Nonprofit Consortium represents a fearless and collective voice to secure political capital and resources to effectively change policy and remake economic development for inclusive growth.  By increasing philanthropic capital and civic collaboration, we can leverage our voice to bring social, public, and private sectors to the table.  We will grow the tax base for St. Croix by expanding the local entrepreneurial and small business community.  We strive for equitable distribution of resources for growth, capacity, and impact for the benefit of the people of St. Croix.
  6. St. Croix Foundation for Community Development and the Non Profit Consortium work in partnership to change policy that eliminates structural barriers that contribute to key elements of the community as a need for systemic reform.

Sector Positioning Statements
Prior to the Funders Forum, four of our civic sectors in the Nonprofit Consortium had been work-shopping for a year to build a cohesive vision for St. Croix. In collaboration with their sister nonprofits, led by a dynamic international consultant, Allyson Reaves, their positioning statements and visions for the future were presented at the Funders Forum representing the groundwork for a unified, strategic plan that includes the following:

The Environment Sector: A Matter of Wealth
The Environment Sector supports the protection, conservation, mitigation, and restoration of our island’s natural resources (including historic built environments); helping to build environmental and, in turn, community resilience, while reconnecting our community with nature. 

Arts & Cultural Heritage: The Conduit for Community Development
The Arts and Culture Sector serves as an artistic and cultural bearer for the St. Croix community by documenting our culture, caretaking our cultural archives, and creating a social fabric that feeds the young and old. The Arts & Cultural Heritage Sector bridges societal gaps through connecting and convening diverse populations and is a magnet for pride, self-worth, and happiness that heals the soul and addresses complex issues in an accessible way. Essential for public health and a powerful economic force, arts and culture is the grounding factor of a healthy St. Croix.

Education: Change Agents
Although the Education Nonprofit Sector has faced fiscal, leadership, and infrastructure challenges, and our families have experienced the devastation of two Category 5 hurricanes, we are responding by providing collaborative, adaptive strategies  and embracing opportunities to create new paradigms for the development and education of all of our children.

Health & Human Services: Revolutionaries for Social Justice & Healthy Communities
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma & Maria, the social ills on St. Croix have been exacerbated by the reduction of resources and lack of accessibility to relief. The Health and Human Services sector empowers our community by advocating for justice, equality and well-being. We serve as champions for underserved and unserved populations by transforming social norms, embracing collaboration, promoting education and being an example of compassion, love and healing.

Building Trust for Collaboration and Transformation
The Nonprofit Consortium is creating a safe space for our nonprofits to engage in transformative dialogue and strategic planning. With budget cuts, including a recent announcement that our local government will be cutting funding allotments for nonprofits in the Human Service Sectors, with greater demands, and with the urgency of local recovery efforts, the opportunity that the our Nonprofit Consortium has before it to demonstrate a new framework for disaster recovery is profound. With growing recognition around the ingenuity and courage intrinsic to our sector, the Consortium has helped the Foundation reframe our narrative about this cadre of community warriors who are shepherding social transformation every day.  Because here’s the reality: our civic partners not only represent a steadying force in our community but are also filling critical service gaps while advocating for and moving the needle around equity and social justice for the most vulnerable and underserved residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Looking to a Resilient Future
As needs increase and resources become scarcer in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, leveraging the strengths and staying power of the civic sector through the St. Croix Foundation Nonprofit Consortium has become more critical than ever before. Consider the following even 6 months after the storms:

  1. Eight of thirteen public schools on St. Croix are condemned, requiring every single public school student and teacher to endure grueling double sessions. Public school students now receive only 4 hours of instruction every day after having lost almost 3 months of school directly after the hurricane. Because of reduced time in school, our nonprofit sector is filling serious service gaps, providing before and after school programming, bussing students, and providing safe spaces for children and families while also protecting and preserving our natural and historic, built environment.
  2. St. Croix's only hospital is still slated to be condemned and mental health services are almost nonexistent. To exacerbate matters, in a recent email sent to all nonprofits who receive local government funding for health and human services, organizations were informed that, "We most certainly understand the importance of your organization to this territory, and have seen your tremendous response efforts and we continue to work towards resiliency. Unfortunately at this moment, Office of Management and Budget has informed our department that they are unable to provide legislative funding to your organization and will continue to monitor the revenue and respond accordingly." After receiving no funding for the last two quarters of 2017, this message from the Department of Human Services underscores the importance of the work of the Nonprofit Consortium to leverage and expand funding opportunities.
  3. 60% of all blue-roof tarps in the four islands of the Virgin Islands are on St. Croix, the poorest of all the islands even before the hurricane. The multiplier effect of this will be felt in every sector and will require that our Long Term Recovery Group, a sponsored project of the Foundation, to combine its efforts with our nonprofit organizations to achieve true resiliency.

For every challenge, however, there is an opportunity. It lies in the strength, innovation and passion of the nonprofits on St. Croix. To help build operational capacity, St. Croix Foundation is committed to providing the Nonprofit Consortium with professional development and organizational development training as well as collaboration skill-building. St. Croix’s nonprofits have illuminated this one fact: everything really is connected to everything! When seemingly disparate organizations sit at one table and gain understanding of each other’s work and vision, the intersections where missions and visions meet is unearthed and bridges are built. We seek to begin directing resources at those joints to support collective impact and sustainability.

Our investments in our civic sector are already paying off and we can report that we now have personal champions who know St. Croix, who know St. Croix Foundation, who know the passion and potential of our civic leaders, and who are working on our behalf to open doors of opportunities for St. Croix. GlobalGiving and every single person who continues to believe, is one of those champions. We hope you'll stay the course with us because, in the end, we are affirmed in our belief that Civic Leadership is the pathway to holistic community development and disaster recovery.

The Landmarks Society grounds the work in culture!
The Landmarks Society grounds the work in culture!
The Boys & Girls Club makes up for lost class time
The Boys & Girls Club makes up for lost class time
Feb 26, 2018

The CARE Fund is Resiliency in Action

Unmet needs are met through our Resident Survey!
Unmet needs are met through our Resident Survey!

Since just days after Hurricane Maria’s devastating landfall on St. Croix, St. Croix Foundation has been on the ground leveraging partnerships and philanthropic resources to help our island community recover.

In the weeks and months immediately following the disaster, the Foundation focused on coordinating and facilitating front-line relief efforts that supported residents and the crucial nonprofit organizations who serve them. Through collaboration designed to maximize the impact of limited resources, the Foundation’s front-line relief efforts focused on assessing and meeting critical, sometimes life-saving, needs.

The Foundation’s first report, submitted approximately two and a half months after the disaster, highlighted the launch of our most immediate strategies including facilitating the shipment and distribution of hundreds of thousands of pounds of food, water, clothing, baby supplies and medical supplies and sponsoring the shipment and security of over 117,847 pounds of critical relief supplies.

And, thanks to early contributions to the CARE Fund from generous supporters like you from near and far, the Foundation’s work during the immediate relief stage continued through the first 100 days after the disaster and included:

  • Completing our Needs Assessment Survey with 1,046 individuals and households impacted by the disaster. As a product of this initiative, we processed 353 referrals for 273 individuals resulting in eligible residents becoming registered for public assistance, receiving critical supplies for health and wellbeing including replacements for durable medical equipment that had been damaged by the storm, food, household and baby supplies, tarps, solar lights and more. The data will also more broadly inform the community-wide dialogue about next steps in the recovery process.
  • Distributing 17 electric generators, collectively worth over $10,000, for families still living without power more than 90 days after the storm. The recipients of generators distributed by the Foundation were individuals with medical conditions that are exacerbated by the absence of electricity or which require electricity to manage—such as those on oxygen or those whom need electricity to operate a hospital bed. Other recipients included families with low-income and other conditions necessitating electricity for the welfare of young children and seniors.
  • Sponsoring Farmers in Action’s Crucian Coconut Festival to serve as a positive community gathering for all ages where resiliency could be embraced and local culture celebrated in the aftermath of the disaster. FEMA was able to leverage this opportunity to share information with residents about rebuilding stronger homes and, in cooperation with the University of the Virgin Islands, three educational workshops focused on agricultural sustainability were held ranging from the nutritional value of the coconut to intercropping using the coconut palm; and three cooking demonstrations introduced how the coconut can be used in meals, drinks and desserts.
  • Stabilizing nonprofit organizations on St. Croix that provide critical social and cultural services to individuals, families, and our community, the Foundation provided office space, free of charge, to nonprofit organizations displaced by Hurricane Maria including Boys and Girls Club and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council. This contribution of free rent, worth $3,375 over four and a half months, enabled these crucial providers to continue serving our community at a critical time in the relief and recovery process.
  • Convening nonprofit and public sector partners including FEMA, Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster (VOAD), Red Cross, Danish Emergency Management Agency, and many others to facilitate collaborative community-wide relief efforts.

Long Term Resiliency
We understand that recovering from a catastrophic natural disaster is a marathon, not a sprint. St. Croix Foundation has our sleeves rolled up for the long road ahead and has now shifted our focus to strategies centered on long term recovery and resiliency. The Foundation’s current long-term recovery work, supported by your generosity to the CARE Fund, includes:

  • Launching our Hurricane Recovery CARE Grant this February, which will provide strategic grants to St. Croix based nonprofit organizations and charitable initiatives that offer programs and direct services targeting the most vulnerable and underserved populations affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The Foundation will be awarding grants for projects that will support nonprofit organizations as they strive to return their operations to pre-hurricane conditions. Funding priority will be given to organizations focusing on impacting (1) development of services and/or programs, (2) capacity building to allow expansion of existing services, and (3) reconstruction of facilities necessary for conducting programs that directly relate to the needs of hurricane victims or recovery.
  • Securing $272,000 in grant funding from philanthropic partners for nonprofit organizations on St. Croix including Lutheran Social Services, Women’s Coalition of St. Croix, Red Cross, St. Croix Montessori, and Boys and Girls Club.
  • Launching the Nonprofit Disaster Recovery and Capacity Survey, as a follow up to the initial nonprofit damages assessment to assess the long-term impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on St. Croix’s vital nonprofit sector. The data gathered will inform strategic investments geared towards ensuring that nonprofit organizations are able to rise to the level of increased demand and need in our community post-disaster.
  • Partnering closely with and supporting the work of the St. Croix Long-term Recovery Group, a coalition of civic, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations who will leverage volunteers and philanthropic resources to conduct disaster case management, provide resources to address critical unmet needs experienced by individuals after all public assistance has been exhausted, and help rebuild people’s homes who will otherwise slip through the cracks.
  • Convening a team of local building experts including architects, engineers, and general contractors to assess factors which lead to life threatening structural failures such as roofs that were lost or walls which collapsed during the storm. In collaboration with other stakeholders, this team will make recommendations to policymakers inform updates to building codes and a community education campaign geared towards helping residents rebuild sustainably and strategically.

Having sought for many years to bring greater awareness to the needs and vulnerabilities of the U.S. Caribbean, the hurricanes, while devastating, have opened windows of opportunities and new partnerships that were seemingly inaccessible to us prior. Today, as we move into the intermediate and long-term phases of our hurricane recovery efforts we are focusing attention and resources on equity and sustainability.

Now more than ever, your support of the CARE Fund is making an impact on the lives of those who call St. Croix home. We’re in this together, and in partnership with you, we will help our community recover, rebuild, and thrive.

Critical supplies bring smiles...
Critical supplies bring smiles...
Celebrating supplies with the youngest recipients!
Celebrating supplies with the youngest recipients!
Resident happily poses with his new generator.
Resident happily poses with his new generator.
Dec 22, 2017

Sustainable Pathways: Montessori School Re-Opens!

Clearing the way and discovering friends are safe!
Clearing the way and discovering friends are safe!

On Monday, September 18th, the day before Cat-5 Hurricane Maria struck the island of St. Croix, and just twelve days after we had cleaned up from Hurricane Irma, we shuttered our school and made a pact:

First: Take care of yourself, your family, and home.
Second: Assuming it was safe to leave our neighborhoods, we would meet back at school on Friday, 30 minutes after the curfew lifted.

With deep gratitude for your support, St. Croix Montessori School re-opened our doors 13 days after Hurricane Maria and we returned to full school-day operations within 3 weeks of the devastating storm.

While we remained on generator power until December 21st, your support creates capacity for our regrowth, and, as many public schools have been condemned and remain on half-day schedules, we are working with you to lay the foundation for safe, supportive, academically-rigorous early childhood options for our small, Caribbean community.

St. Croix Montessori is located closer to Christiansted, it’s main building sitting atop a hill and at the bottom, an office trailer waiting to be constructed into our library, office, and nurse’s area. The hallmark of our school for the past 12 years of Casa (preschool), Lower and Upper Elementary have been our trees.

Our trees – luscious, green, sturdy and winding trees - have helped children learn to climb, swing, hang, and have shaded us as we listen to AfroCaribbean tales. Those ancient, deep-rooted trees existed through sugar plantations, USVI Emancipation Day, and the transfer of our islands from Denmark into a US Territory. Our beloved trees have always welcomed, inspired, and awed families.

Just after Hurricane Maria, we came to school to find a heaping, twisted mass of branches; car hoods and metal roofing wrapped around broken palms, torn wires, downed tree trunks; pieces of fencing, gutters, and galvanized steel strewn everywhere; and a battered, but beautiful school.

Those incredible trees saved our school.

As Dr. Maria Montessori says, the school is a society. St. Croix Montessori’s first cleanup had more than 30 people across ages 5 to 75. We faced an incredible list of unknowns and challenges, but we were determined to show up and try our best.

“I came to show our kids how much we care about them and our Montessori family, to model hard work and determination in a crisis. To teach my kids that at a helpless time, it is empowering to be helpful,” a parent shared. “And simply because we have so much love for the school.”

Parents, aunties, grandparents, and cousins brought gloves, water, assorted tools, garbage bags, rags, and snacks. Children collected smaller debris, swept water, leaves, and dirt from their classes’ porches and rooms. We scrubbed, sawed, hauled, sweated, laughed, cried, and celebrated our community together. When the Head of School was injured during cleanup, five families arrived with crutches and ice.

“It was the first glimmer of normalcy,” a parent recalled, “the first time we emerged from our home…we needed to know that we could return to some form of our life before the storm.”

The most important ways to help children recover from the trauma of disaster is to make sure they feel connected, cared about, and loved (SAMHSA). Students re-discovered one another’s company and found relief in finding their classrooms beautiful and whole. They celebrated the arrival of each person. Through art, poetry, circle, and storytelling they learned each other’s experiences and how their lives had changed. They expressed feelings of fear, excitement, curiosity, and hope, and practiced supporting one another.

As a Montessori school, we consider the whole person; our teachers, parents, staff and children are practiced in the art of stepping back and observing. A daily practice of meditation and yoga soothed our minds and bodies. The children re-planted seeds and discovered flowers that were blooming on a Hibiscus tree. They placed the bloom on display because “all of the flowers at my house blew away.”

Beauty inspires a child. At St. Croix Montessori, there’s the constant hum of generators in the background. Our hilltop schoolyard now offers a clear panoramic view of Christiansted harbor and Buck Island. Our daily habits include a new set of responsibilities - stocking gasoline for the generator, oil changes, and a great deal more text messaging because phone calls often don't go through and Internet is temperamental.

There’s also the gift of hope and support from our Global Giving community – we are not alone on this journey! Our beautiful, sunny classrooms welcome Primary and Elementary children and their families each day. The children cheerfully wear sunhats as they cut flowers for Botany lessons.

A non-profit Montessori school, St. Croix Montessori is a minority-led, minority-serving institution with predominantly low-income families. St. Croix Montessori directs 100% of giving to our community-based programs and providing AMI-certified instruction in Primary and Elementary classrooms for children ages 2 ½ through 12 (preschool through 6th grade). The school also offers Summer Enrichment to over 150 students each year, including percussion, Caribbean culture, wilderness skills, creative arts, and science.

Our journey to resiliency is due to your compassion and generosity, and our incredible island community. St. Croix Montessori was one of the first schools to re-open on the island. With your support, we:

  • Cleared 24 tons of debris so that children could return to school and our trees could healthily regrow
  • Mulched downed branches to replace 4 inches of lost topsoil on playground and community picnic area
  • Offered emergency financial assistance of roughly $5,000 to 6 families who lost their source of income as a result of the hurricanes
  • Provided 4 students displaced from Rattan Montessori school Primary education while their school recovered
  • Opened 6 weeks before public schools and we began operating on a full-day schedule within 3 weeks after Hurricane Maria
  • Led twice weekly yoga and meditation sessions for Elementary children and staff, and daily yoga and meditation for preschool children and staff
  • Supplied 23 families and 6 staff members with clothing, food, emergency supplies, children’s books and activities, and healthy snacks
  • Donated over $3,500 in relief items and 45 personalized, holiday children’s presents to other nonprofits for distribution to island families impacted by the storm
  • Provided hotspot to 2 nonprofit directors and 10 parents to support access to FEMA application and other Internet needs during the first month of recovery
  • Replaced damaged furniture and supplies in our two classrooms
  • Created children’s play features out of downed mahogany, including tables, climbing ladders, tic tac toe and dominoes
  • Up-cycled empty wire spools into children’s tables and seesaws
  • Selected for Play by Design’s 2018 Charitable Community-Build Playground Project, in which students submit their wish list to experienced designers, who help our community custom-design and build a $30,000 natural play space onto our campus over the course of 6 days in March 2018

Over the next several months, St. Croix Montessori is continuing this process of healing. We invite you to stay the course with us and support us as we continue our journey of progress.

Thank you for joining us on our journey to build a resilient, thriving community dedicated to growing children’s emotional, social, and academic skills for life!

Happy to return; inspiring a joy for learning!
Happy to return; inspiring a joy for learning!
Meditation creates peace, improves concentration.
Meditation creates peace, improves concentration.
Clearing weeds and planting new seeds.
Clearing weeds and planting new seeds.
Dec 21: School thanks linemen for restoring power.
Dec 21: School thanks linemen for restoring power.
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