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  • 28 Feb 2023 8:22 AM | Anonymous

    March 26, 3:30pm at Algonquin Regional High School

  • 28 Feb 2023 8:20 AM | Anonymous

    The Rotary Club of Westborough and Sustainable Westborough will host the Westborough Environmental Action Fair on Saturday, May 13th, 2023 at the Westborough High School from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. This Fair will provide participants information about how our daily lives are impacting the environment including climate change. The goal is to offer the community useful information and resources that could be used to make timely changes at the individual or local level to protect the environment.

  • 23 Feb 2023 10:40 PM | Anonymous

    EforAll - All Ideas - Pitch Contest

    We are accepting applications until March 9th:

    (15) Facebook

    Application link: Greater Worcester Spring 2023 All Ideas Pitch Contest - EforAll

    EforAll - Business Accelerator Program

    Applications due on May 11th:

    Greater Worcester Summer 2023 Accelerator - EforAll

    EforAll - Greater Worcester


  • 13 Feb 2023 9:27 PM | Anonymous


  • 14 Jan 2023 11:53 PM | Anonymous

    Voting Rights
    By Shreya Nippani, Grade 7

    America is full of diversity
    Everyone has a different nationality
    During the time of Dr. King
    Racism was a thing
    The color of your skin would affect your right
    But Martin Luther King did not start a fight
    He used his words to convey his dream
    That we can succeed if we work as a team
    And to this day his dream stands tall
    That there will be equality for all
    No more segregation
    We live as a united nation
    Men or women, black or white
    Every individual has a right

    Martin Luther King made his mark
    And ignited a spark
    He didn’t want his grandchild’s life
    To be full of unnecessary strife
    Every person has the right to vote
    And no one needs to gloat
    He had a choice
    To use his voice
    And he succeeded
    And no conflict was needed
    Thank you Dr. King
    You took us under your wing
    To make racism not a thing

  • 7 Jan 2023 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    A Fundraising Program for Worcester Refugee Assistance Project (WRAP) 

    musical evening Mere Sapnon Ki Rani: Songs featuring the enchanting Sharmila Tagore on January 21st, 6 Pm at the Parish Center of the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, MA 01886.

    Tickets are available at:

    Please contact Meena Sundram  at 978-394-1932

  • 21 Nov 2022 8:08 PM | Anonymous

    My Sewa International Experience on Building Toilets in India

    By Ayan Mishra, St. John's High School, Shrewsbury

    In developed urban world, we take going to school for-granted. Going to school is a critical part of a child’s mental and physical development. It is just a part of our lives. However, nearly half the world’s schools lack clean drinking water, toilets, and handwashing facilities, putting millions of children at risk of missing out or worse catching diseases.

    In India, many households don’t have proper toilet facilities. Girls routinely drop out of school upon puberty due to lack of sanitation facilities in their schools. In India, every year, diarrhea, and other water borne diseases kill over 7.7 lakhs kids due to unhygienic sanitary conditions.

    This problem became evident to me upon my recent trip to India earlier in 2022. As my mother is a volunteer with Sewa International USA, we ended up visiting a village called Jharsa in Haryana in the northern part of India. We visited some government girls’ schools during that time. To my surprise, I was surprised to see the Jharsa middle school for girls of 500 students did not have a functioning toilet for the girls. The existing toilet was locked and only to be used by school staff. It never occurred to me that there would be schools somewhere on planet earth that would not have such basic services. While my mom was having conversations with the school kids, I overheard some girls say they are missing out on school because of this issue. It was quite a scene to watch how there were so many girls who wanted to attend school and learn and grow. But due to lack of facilities and functioning toilets, they were forced to drop out of coming to school. The visual sights made me realize how privileged we are here in America.

    Upon my return, I did some research online and found that about 30 million school children across India do not have access to sanitation facilities in schools. This was a real issue and something needed to be done here. It impacted me to the point that I told my parents that I would like to do something about it. If I was able to do something to raise awareness about building toilets in rural India, I would not just be helping 1000s of kids going to these schools. I would also be helping raise awareness in kids of my generation to do something more about this cause. I set a goal for myself by pledging to build 6 toilets by raising awareness through a facebook campaign.

    Talking to my mother, the first thing I decided to do was to start a Facebook Fundraiser to start collecting donations for the project. I shared it out with various people in my community, school, friends and family members all over. I started talking about the topic with friends in social gathering and after school as well. I printed QR codes on banners and pasted it out in locations like school notice boards, grocery schools and the Hindu temple.

    At first, it was a lot of hard work and I found people were empathetic to the cause but didn’t do much beyond a little bit. So, the collections on the Facebook fundraiser were low. I had to do something else. I decided to create a presentation and reached out to some of my mom’s friends, where I thought I would get invited to present in. To my amazement, I had a few different opportunities to present to different companies like Slalom Consulting, Acronis, Hitachi etc. and the donations started coming in.

    I was able to raise $2,200 dollars over the course of 60 days. I donated all this money to Sewa International’s Sanitation, Hygiene and Empowerment of the girl child (SHE) program that helped me in reaching my goal of building toilets and ultimately helping girls continue with their education. I wanted to do something for the State of Uttar Pradesh (UP) in India which is where my dad is from. The Sewa team members in India, told me about this opportunity in rural area around Fatehpur, UP where they had recently gotten approvals to build the toilets. We were able to complete the construction of building six toilets in Government Primary School, Bhagaonpur, with the help of Sewa International’s team in India. They even sent me a few pictures of beaming kids with smiling faces that would benefit from this little project of mine.

    India is a massive country and there is so much that we can do to build toilets across the country. Instead of being stuck by the enormity of the problem, I decided to do something to solve the problem. I was able to hit my goal of making a difference in the lives of all the kids going to school for years to come. This was in part possible by the various donors who came forward to help me and Sewa International for providing me with an opportunity and a platform to make a difference. More importantly, I also wanted to set an example for other kids of my age on how they can make a difference in the society we all live in and share. It’s all a matter of focus and determination.

    About the Author

    Ayan Mishra is 11 years old and attend’s Saint John’s Highschool in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He is an avid reader, part of the YMCA swim team and plays tennis for fun. He believes in helping the community. He has been volunteering with his parents for Sewa International USA, for the past two years. He is a student contributor to India Society of Worcester’s monthly newsletter. During his free time, Ayan volunteers at various charities around Boston area i.e. soup kitchens, community cleanup services, Cradles to Crayons to help and serve the community.

  • 24 Oct 2022 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    ISW Cultural School Kids: Hands-on Killa (Fort) Making Activity for Diwali
    By Aditya Ambade

    Diwali is a well-known Indian festival across the globe and is celebrated whole-heartedly by Indians no matter where they live. This year, the ISW cultural school introduced a tradition from Maharashtra to kids as a part of cultural assembly.

    During Diwali, kids in Maharashtra prepare Killa (fort/castle) in remembrance to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the king who started the Maratha empire in 16th century. Shivaji Maharaj carved out his own independent kingdom from the declining Adilshah regime of Bijapur which formed the genesis of the Maratha Empire. Shivaji's military forces expanded the Maratha empire by capturing and building forts and forming a Maratha navy. Shivaji Maharaj established a competent and progressive civil rule with well-structured administrative organizations.

    Shivaji Maharaj was well known for his forts. Many, like Panhala fort and Rajgad fort existed before him but others, like Sindhudurg and Pratapgad, were built by him from scratch. These forts were built at a strategical location for keeping an eye on the territory while maintaining minimum military presence in that geographic region.

    For this cultural hands-on activity, kids were asked to bring disposable plastic, metal materials from home while ISW provided rocks, soil, water and adult supervision. The kids discussed the fort building plan amongst themselves with input from adult group leader. Then, kids started stacking the rocks, bricks and other disposable materials to bring their fort design to reality. They had made few changes as the fort construction continued to ensure that the 3-dimensional structure was stable as a stand-alone entity. Then came the fun part, kids mixed the soil with water and applied layers of mud on the pre-stacked rocks to give the rocks a formal appearance of the fort. This hands-on activity taught teamwork, planning towards project execution and knowledge of regional rich culture and heritage related to Diwali.

    The kids thoroughly enjoyed this activity and it’s end was made even sweeter by generous snacks/ donuts from parent volunteers!

  • 10 Oct 2022 11:06 PM | Anonymous

    अभिलाषा मेरे मन की

    सदा राग द्वेष से दूर रहूँ
    गंगा सा पावन जीवन हो,
    बनूँ ज्योति पुंज और स्नेह सिंधु
    कोमल काया, निर्मल मन हो।

    आँगन में खेले खुशहाली
    सौभाग्य सुमन भरा उपवन हो,
    वाणीं में मिश्री सी मिठास
    स्नेह  सिक्त  हर बंधन हो।

    कर्यतव्यों से ना फिरूँ कभी
    पर निंदा कभी ना रुचिकर हो,
    मुस्कान भरूँ हर जीवन में
    करूँ काम जो सबके हितकर हो।

    कभी सच का ना छोड़ूँ दामन
    और झूठ,प्रपंच से नफ़रत हो,
    हर राह सुगम हो जीवन की
    खुशियाँ बिखराना फ़ितरत हो।

    सुख दुख मैं अपनों के बाँटूँ
    हर रिश्ते में अपनापन हो,
    उम्मीद पे सबकी खरी उतरूँ
    सुख शांतिपूर्ण मेरा जीवन हो।

    संतुष्टि का अतुलित कोष मिले
    दृष्टांत ये अपना जीवन हो,
    यहीअभिलाषा मेरे जीवन की
    प्रभु अंत समय तेरा दर्शन हो।

    9.18.2022             आशा

    My heart’s Desire

    I should be far from resentment,
    The life should be 'pious like mother Gangese'.
    And be like the bunch of light rays and the ocean of love'.
    I should appear polite and with pure heart.

    Our courtyard be full of happiness,
    The garden be full of flowers of good fortune.
    My voice be sweet like sugar candy.
    My relations with all be full of affection.

    I should be dedicated to all my duties
    Should never like to dispraise others.
    Should induce smile for others
    My deeds be helpful to all.

    I must remain always truthful
    And hate the lie and deceit
    The way of life to all be easy
    By nature I must spread happiness.

    I should share and participate in the happiness  and sorrow of others.
    There be selflessness in all my relations.
    I should prove fruitful to others expectations.
    My life be full of ease and peace.

    I get the treasure of incomparable contentment.
    The life be exemplary
    This is the 'wish of my life'
    Oh God ! please be visible at the end of my life.

    Written by me on
    9.18.2022             Asha

  • 26 Sep 2022 10:09 PM | Anonymous

    ISW walks off with 1st Place Float for the 4th year!

    by Bhawna Sadhu, Amita Rao

    Hard work and terrific execution with the addition of the ISW Symphony Dhol Tasha Lezim group, put the beautifully decorated ISW Float in first place again making it four years in a row that ISW has received this honor. The parade was part of the Spirit of Shrewsbury festival spanning the weekend and led off with the Shrewsbury's Got Talent show, managed each year by ISW. It was a pleasure to watch more than 40 contestants participating across 4 categories. The amazing contestants ranged from 4 year to 76-year-old with a great mix of talent on display from beat boxing performances to math wizardry. The feedback was uniformly positive with comments from the judges, parents and participants thanking the organizers for such a well-organized platform to showcase talent. Thanks to the ISW Cultural Committee, the judges and ISW Community for supporting this.

    On Sunday, the second day of the Spirit of Shrewsbury, ISW participated in the Spirit of Shrewsbury parade. As we celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, ISW presented glimpses of children dressed in the native clothing of the different states in India and gave give a small peek at the amalgamation of cultures and traditions in India. The ISW team was excited to showcase the energetic rhythmic ISW Symphony Dhol Tasha Lezim ensemble - which represented the diversity and inclusiveness of Indian traditions wonderfully. The float was followed by Lezim dancers showcasing the folk-dance form with jingling cymbals that gave extra energy and rhythm. The ISW group give their heart and soul into this performance and had everyone listening to them dancing and enjoying along the way! For the fourth year in a row, the ISW Float was awarded first place. ISW welcomed judges to be part of Spirit of Shrewsbury parade.

    The winners of the Shrewsbury’s Got Talent show were

    Tiny Tots

    • Krithya Krishna
    • Jasmin Grover
    • Aditya More

    Young Icons

    • Dali Meng
    • Sahasra Singari
    • Sahiti Kundu

    Terrific Teens

    • Advait Bhowmik
    • Rihana Dash
    • Diya Gopal

    Amazing Artists

    • Grishma Shah Gandhi
    • Naresh Batra
    • Shilpi Batra

    We thank our judges -

    • Bhuvana Ganesh
    • Ruchi Chauhan
    • Keith Allan Kramer
    • Shrinivass.A.B


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