MVP Helm Report: November 2021

Ahoy from the Bridge!

November was a huge month in terms of MVP growth and activities. We were excited when friend and historian Charles Consolvo agreed to provide a morning slide presentation that focused on the history of St. Thomas. Naturally the students became excited when they learned of the pirates and the battles that were fought (cannons fired, billowing smoke, ships sunk) inside of the St. Thomas harbor. Suddenly the need for watchtowers and the protection offered by Fort Christian became understood... they are no longer just tourist attractions. Also covered were the accomplishments of the Historical Trust and the U.S. National Park's protection and oversight of Hassel Island. Many thanks to Charles for his individual efforts to preserve our Virgin Islands history and for sharing his valuable time with our students.

'Pates in the Parking Lot' a successful fundraiser! MVP parents and students began arriving the office at 7 a.m. and soon afterwards they were selling delicious pates to passing drivers. It was a team effort, everyone had a job and it paid off by netting $720.00 in sales! Actually deposited was $1720.00 because a friend of the program hand-delivered a $1000 surprise donation!!

We are proud of the fact that the parents of MVP students undertook this fundraiser on their own. Also note the new MVP shirts that were donated by a parent! It shows they appreciate the program and want it to be a lasting one. The recently Nov. 15th. passing marks the MVP's sixth year of 501 c-3 non-profit status. Plans are to continue growing, adding in new trainees as we go.

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Sailing, rowing, paddleboarding... are valuable skills for careers on the water! Students rotate throughout the MVP's fleet which currently consists of a paddleboard, 2 kayaks, 5 Optimist, a beautiful 19' Flying Scot and a 28' Cape Dory single engine powerboat. During 2021 donors provided the funding for the Optimist and the Flying Scot and that greatly expanded the training. The program is growing and so are the students... try feeding 20 hungry teenagers!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Straight Ahead! JL