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The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Office of Public Relations and Communications exists to heighten the public’s awareness of the Department’s mission to ensure that all students are prepared for college or the career of their choice upon graduation from high school.

In support of the mission, the Public Relations Office provides publicity for events, activities and the many successes of the Department’s schools, students, teachers, employees and leadership through internal and external communication.

The Office of Public Relations and Communication, through an integrated marketing communications approach services the marketing, branding, public, and media relations, advertising and graphic design needs of the Department, districts, and schools.

The Public Relations Office reports directly to the Commissioner of Education.


2023 Summer Food Service Program Sponsor and Job Applications Now Available

ST. THOMAS, USVI -- The Virgin Islands Department of Education, State Office of Special Nutrition Programs, announces the availability of the 2023 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsor and job applications. 


Sponsor Application 

Any public or non-profit organization interested in obtaining a sponsor application package or more information, may contact the State Office of Special Nutrition Programs at (340) 774-0100 ext. 2812 (St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John). Submission deadline is Friday, April 14, 2023. 


School age children 2-18 may receive free meals through SFSP. A person 19 years of age and older with a mental or physical disability (as determined by a State or Local Educational Agency) and who participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program (established for the mentally or physically disabled) is also eligible to receive meals. 


Job Application 

Any high school or college student interested in obtaining a job application package or more information, may contact the State Office of Special Nutrition Programs at (340) 774-0100 ext. 2812/2817 (St. Thomas-St. John) or (340) 773-1095 ext. 7046/7082 (St. Croix). Submission deadline is Friday, April 21, 2023. 





In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, it Agencies, office, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc. should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individual who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 


To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Form, (AD-307) found online at  Information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:   


(1)  mail:  U.S. Department of Agriculture         

            Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 

            1400 Independence Avenue, SW 

            Washington, D.C.  20250-9410

(2)   fax: (202) 690—7442; or 

(3)   Email: 


This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 



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Launch of ‘DST Comfort Closet’ at BCB Middle School

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — The St. Thomas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has formally adopted the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School (BCBMS), which has been the home of the Sorority’s Saturday enrichment, development, and STEAM programs for many years. In the organization’s continued partnership with BCB, and in response to a critical need among students, the St. Thomas Alumnae Chapter will launch the DST Comfort Closet, an on-campus store that will provide students free access to essential hygiene products, clothing items, and school supplies.  


Who:   Virgin Islands Department of Education in partnership with the St. Thomas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 



What:  Official adoption of BCB Middle School and launch of DST Comfort Closet 



Where:  Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School 



When:   Tuesday, March 21 at 10:15 a.m. 


**The event will not be livestreamed; we welcome your in-person participation  




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Abdel Bazzar is 2023 Territorial Spelling Bee Winner

ST. THOMAS, USVI – Following 26 intense rounds of competition, Ricardo Richards Elementary School fifth grader Abdel Bazzar emerged as the winner of the 2023 Territorial Spelling Bee, now in its 50th year. 

His winning word was “realm.” 

“It feels good—really good,” Bazzar said of his win. “It definitely feels very good because apparently, only one other person has ever gone to the national spelling bee from my school.” 

Other than competing virtually in his school’s Spelling Bee two years ago, this is the first year the 10-year-old participated in the full competition—placing in the top six at the district level and going all the way to claim the title of top speller in the Virgin Islands.  

However, Bazzar said he knew he was up against tough contenders for the territorial competition. 

“I was thinking that if Joseph, who won the St. Croix District Bee, and [Naitik] got out, I knew I had it in the bag,” he said. “But if they stayed in, I probably had a chance of losing because they were probably the best ones there.” 

Bazzar said he prepared for the competition by meeting with his coach, Debora Heitzenrater, during the last 30 minutes of each school day, as well as having long study sessions at home. 

“[My coach] would pick the hardest words on each page, and if I spelled them correctly, we would go to the next page,” he explained. “At home, we went through all the pages of words, we kept going and going until we finished all the pages.”  Those pages, Bazzar explained, amounted to a total of about 9,000 words. 

As for his hopes for taking the top spot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, this summer, he said, “I definitely need to keep studying and I’m very proud of myself.” 

Nyeema Henderson, winner of the St. Thomas-St. John District Bee, placed second in the territorial competition; and Sinaia Steven, of Claude O. Markoe Elementary School, placed third. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Territorial Spelling Bee in the Virgin Islands, beginning in 1974, with only one of those years, 2021, the competition was not held due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I wish you well,” Assistant Commissioner Victor Somme III told the participants. “We also want to recognize those that came before you, this is our fiftieth year of spelling bee in the Virgin Islands and we really thank our partner in this accomplishment, the Virgin Islands Daily News, they have been with us through thick and thin and they continue to support us as we send each Virgin Islands champion to the nation’s capital to participate in the national bee. This is going to be an exciting competition.” 

The Virgin Islands Daily News has been the official sponsor of the Territorial Spelling Bee since 1985. The news organization will sponsor a six-night stay for two at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., during the Memorial Day weekend, as Bazzar represents the Virgin Islands in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 

Bazzar and all participants have received prize packages of electronics, gift certificates, books, and other gifts through the generous support of local and national sponsors. 

Curriculum & Instruction Program Assistant Julie Deterville is the Territorial Spelling Bee coordinator. 



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