The 5th Annual Children's Book and Film Festival was held from July 26 to August 16, 2019. The featured movies and books were:
July 26 - The Wizard of Ox
Aug 2 - Tale of Despereaux
Aug 9 - The Jungle Book
Aug 16 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
25 copies of each book, for a total of 100 books, were purchased and provided free of charge to attending families. Attendees were also treated to a free dinner, children's games, face painting and balloon sculpting. The viewing of the Jungle Book was canceled due to a thunderstorm, however, copies of the book were distributed to participants.
To date, Clean Sweep Frederiksted has provided attendees at the Children's Book and Film Festival with over 600 free books as well as school supplies.
The 2020 Children's Book and Film Festival is scheduled to take place Saturdays, Aug 1 and 8 and will feature the Jungle Book and Dr. Doolittle.
Jul 1, 2019
June Report - Children's Book and Film Festival
By Virginia Clairmont - Founder and Director
The 5th Annual Children's Book and Film Festival (CBFF) will take place Fridays, July 26, Aug 2, 9 and 16 at Buddhoe Park in Frederiksted. This year's featured books and movies are:
The Wizard of Oz
Tale of Despereaux
The Jungle Book, and
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Participating families will receive one free copy of each book and dinner at no cost. We also hope to provide participating families with free school supplies. This year we have invited several government agencies and nonprofits to provide educational resources at the CBFF. Clean Sweep Frederiksted is making a concerted effort to ensure the majority of funds raised are spent within the local St. Croix economy.
To date, we have raised $1475 for the CBFF. $900 is allocated for 25 copies of each book and will be purchased from Undercover Books, a local book store. The remaining funds will be used to pay for food, DVD purchases, and other minor miscellaneous expenses. These expenses will be detailed in the final report.
Additional support of the CBFF include:
Reliable Rentals - in-kind contribution of a speaker system, tables, chairs, cooler, table cloths, and balloons.
Sports, Park and Recreation - Donated use of Buddhoe Park free of charge
Fort Frederik Oasis - Food Prep
Child Party Services - Clown and Children activities
The Children's Book and Film festival is the only event of it's kind in the Virgin Islands and possibly the Caribbean. We thank you for sporting this literacy and family friend initiative.
During Earth Week, April 22-28, 2019, Clean Sweep Frederiksted (CSF) hosted a community Spring and Tire Clean Up. We invited the community to choose a day, time and location to conduct individual or group clean-ups throughout the community. CSF provided bags, gloves, and water for participating volunteers. We also provided the community with a dumpster to place improperly disposed of tires that regularly litter the community.
Approximately, 10 volunteers signed up for the spring clean up. This does not include individuals who dropped off tires at the dumpster or conducted cleanups in their immediate neighborhood as a result of this initiative. Additionally, approximately 75 improperly disposed tires were removed from the streets.
Clean Sweep Frederiksted continues to conduct episodic clean up at the request of individuals and groups. We partnered with the Vi Department of Tourism during their annual tourism month clean up, held at the end of May. Approximately 35 individuals participated in the Frederiksted clean up.