Nevis Academy Foundation -
Mother to Mother
Under the umbrella of the Mother to Mother non-profit, the Nevis Academy Foundation is dedicated to the vision of further accelerating and empowering the community of Nevis through the improvement of education.
St. Kitts and Nevis
Established in 1643 and located in the West Indies in the northern Caribbean, Nevis is part of a federation with its neighboring island, St. Kitts. Nevis was born from a volcanic island with a population of approximately 12,000 people. Originally an exporter of fruit, the island developed into the largest sugar cane producer during the 17th century. Today, it depends mostly on tourism, with neighboring St. Kitts housing an international airport and cruise ship basin. People from all over the world are drawn to the former British colony, which is not heavily commercialized and offers stunning beaches, a rich array of agricultural products, and an even richer history, including the fact that the island is Alexander Hamilton’s birthplace.
The Importance of Education
Life on Nevis could be re-developed into a sustainable country for its full-time inhabitants. Many children in middle and high school years seek a high-quality education and as a result, ferry every morning and every afternoon to St. Kitts to attend schools there. Nevisians are proud to have an almost 97% literacy rate for those over fifteen years of age, one of the highest in the Western hemisphere. However, their island has not offered them enough opportunities and many, after high school, leave the island to pursue lives in other countries, only to return to Nevis later in life.
When discovering a school that was in financial distress in 2011, Carl Spadaro saved the institution from collapse. It was renamed the Nevis Academy, a private primary school for grades K-6, and quickly developed a reputation for excellence, garnering glowing testimonials from parents. The school offers an up-to-date, enriching curriculum while providing a safe, caring, and structured environment for the students. Activities such as sports programs and community service opportunities are offered throughout the year, encouraging students to develop integrity, kindness, creativity, and tenacity.
Thanks in large part to Spadaro’s generosity, the school has flourished. Recently, he purchased the adjacent land in order to continue building and improving the facilities there. Now, it has come to a point where he needs assistance in reaching these goals.
How to Help
Numerous improvements are needed. To begin with, the school has grown to over 100 children and the classrooms are becoming overcrowded. The 4th grade currently is situated – and cramped — in the administration building and needs its own classroom. There is no computer lab and no cafeteria, nor is there an auditorium for arts, theatre, and general assembly. Some children don’t have enough to even bring lunch and we wish to institute a meal program. There have also been countless requests to expand the school by adding a pre-Kindergarten and an upper school – so, no more ferrying to St. Kitts. The first goal is to add another building to house the 4th grade classroom and a Pre-K. Along with this, a cafeteria and computer lab.
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The Nevis Academy Foundation is sponsored by Mother To Mother, a Nashville-based non-profit that provides families in need with access to health, safety and wellness by offering essential baby items and more. Your tax-deductible donation will help an incredible educational venue offer countless children even more opportunities on this remote, vibrant, and wondrous island.
Earthcore Industries is a proud supporter of the Nevis Academy Foundation.