St. John Tradewinds News

Gifft Hill School to Appear in The Visionaries Series on PBS

St. John, US Virgin Islands Gifft Hill School will be profiled in the upcoming season of The Visionaries, the award-winning public television series hosted by acclaimed actor Sam Waterston of HBO’s The Newsroom and formerly of Law & Order.

The Visionaries will begin airing on the Virgin Islands’ local PBS station, WTJX (Channel 12) on Wednesday, November 9th at 9:00 pm and on Saturday, November 12th at 6:00 pm. The show will air on PBS stations across the country as well; dates are to be determined. Visionaries is returning with six (6) half-hour episodes that take viewers around the world to experience the lives of extraordinary people tackling some of humanity’s toughest challenges.

These are timely stories that address issues from the front pages of today’s newspapers: immigration, mental health, income disparity, global sustainability and social innovation. Sam Waterston guides viewers on a journey that leads us to real solutions with proven outcomes, many of which have the potential to change the world.

“We were so pleased to be selected from hundreds of applicants for the 21st season. As a private school for public purpose, our community is truly diverse. It is a gift for our students to grow up with people from different socio-economic backgrounds, races, faiths, and ethnicities. By offering a program committed to academic rigor through experiential learning and compassionate community in our enriched environment, our students experience 21st century education dedicated to excellence in critical thinking, problem solving, and global perspective. As Head of School, I am honored to lead our dynamic community while we ‘cultivate strong minds and caring hearts.’”—Dr. Laurie Bottiger, Head of Gifft Hill School.

“I can’t remember a season when Visionaries had the opportunity to meet so many incredible people. I think public television viewers are going to be inspired and moved to action.”– Bill Mosher, founder and director of Visionaries.

As a strong-standing member of National Association of Independent Schools, Gifft Hill School provides high-quality educational programming to over 170 students in preschool through 12th grade on the island of St. John, US Virgin Islands. Please call 340-776-1735 or email bethjones@giffthillschool.org for more information.