We have wrapped up the 2022-2023 School Year! This school year in addition to our regularly scheduled program our Caterpillar learned to swim with the St. Croix Dolphins, learned to dance salsa with St. Croix Latin & Ballroom Dance and engaged in several service projects.
Most recently, the Caterpillars participated in the Operation Gratitude Red, White, and Blue Paracord Lanyard Challenge. Operation Gratitude is a national nonprofit organization that provides care packages to our country’s deployed troops, first responders and veterans. For this project the Caterpillars made lanyards out of paracord and also wrote letters of gratitude, as an extra way to say “thank you” to those who serve.
As we reflected back on their experience during our wrap up activity, one Caterpillar exclaimed…. "My experience was AWESOME! I really enjoyed the community service projects, swimming & learning to dance."
Year eight of the Caterpillar Project starts in September!
For the seventh year in a row, the Caterpillar Program’s December community service project was to buy toys for children at an orphanage in Tanzania. The Caterpillars had a great time on our group shopping trip to Super Dollar, buying everything from activity and learning books to toy cars and airplanes, games, school supplies and more.
This January, we are excited to resume programming, in our NEW building! We officially opened the doors to our new home in downtown Christiansted on January 17th. All Caterpillar Project programming will be held in this space starting on January 24th, and our new Empower Me program will begin there on January 28th.
“It has always been our vision,” shares Project Promise President and Founder Resa O’Reilly, “this building will enable us to expand our programming and impact."
As we celebrate 7 years of our Caterpillar Project...We’re ready to rock and roll!
For a few weeks this Summer, the Caterpillars participated in Project Promise’s hybrid virtual/in-person summer camp, with classes conducted online and field trips taking place in person. The program themes were morals/ethics, physical health and family, and the academic focus was on fractions and parts of speech. Students held debates, wrote in journals, created family trees, learned about different types of occupations that serve and maintain healthy families, and more. Highlights included a community service project in which the students raised money to purchase solar lights for the basketball court in the Mon Bijou Community, and a fabulous field trip where the Caterpillars and their families visited Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge for turtle watching.
The Caterpillars had a blast this summer, they are now looking forward to the Fall!
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