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  CALYPSO AFTER SCHOOL IN THE USVI
 
   

King Derby of Calypso Inc and Learning Networks Foundation are doing their part to keep the cultural heritage of St. Croix alive.

Since 2004 LNF has helped support the program held at Elie Rivera School, Christiansted, St. Croix.  Everyday after school King Derby and Monique Macedon teach children ages 6-12 how to play a banjo and perform Calypso music.  These kids typically are from lower income households.

 
 

Camille “King Derby” Macedon, a well respected and distinguished member of the St. Croix community has operated this program for many years  Some of his students participate in the Junior Calypso Competition held every year in December.  King Derby, who has spent his life advocating and supporting cultural awareness and youth programs, feels that learning musical skills important to perpetuating local.   “These kids are keeping the spirit and tradition of Calypso alive,” said Derby.

In 2008 LNF helped Calypso, Inc become certified as a 501 C3 non-profit ogranization.  Calypso, Inc now applies directly to the U.S.V.I. Department of Education and other government organizations for funding.