Three weeks after the passing of Hurricane Maria, the Caterpillar Project was back up and running thanks to the support of a local business that donated a space. Having lost their classroom and all it’s contents Project Promise opted to focus on the trauma experienced by their participants and recognized the need to bring some sense of normalcy to the Caterpillars and their families. Project Promise in the months following the storm opened up their doors to the siblings and friends of their participants and in the absence of school, provided much needed instruction and support.
With the support of the Caterpillar Project, one participant made the Honor roll for the first time this past semester. Over the past two years, the Project has seen this student grow and blossom, rising from a C and D student to an A and B student. This Caterpillar was the 2017 Principal Award winner at the Lew Muckle Elementary School and has written a soon to be published book. This semester a second student also made the Honor Roll.
One of our primary goals for 2018 is to raise the necessary funds desperately needed to fix our building in downtown Christiansted that will serve as the permanent home for the Caterpillar Project and a community center for St. Croix. This permanent home will make a significant difference in the programming Project Promise will be able to provide as an organization. We are grateful for the outpouring of support from people near and far, and thank you again for your support.
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