--Sonia Gera & Priya Vaidya
Pictures from event, compiled by Kiran Gahlot
On Sunday May 21st, ISW Cultural and Language School celebrated its Annual Day which marks the end of the academic year for the school. This year it was an extra special celebration as the school completed 30 years since its inception. On a bright and sunny morning, this fabulous event was graced by the presence of over 270 attendees including students, parents and teachers. The event started with reciting the Indian and American National Anthems. It was followed by amazing and extraordinary performances by each of the language classes (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, and Kannada). After each performance, the students were handed out the certificates, attendance awards and they posed for the group pictures. Dances, skits, speeches, songs, the performances included so much talent, it was a real treat to see the kids grow with each other and become so fluent in these languages. The program also marked honoring the ISW volunteers with the PVSA (Presidential Volunteer Service Awards). ISW President Puneet Kohli felicitated Mrs. Carolyn Passey, co-founder of the school and Mrs. Shiamin Melville, co-director of the school for their dedication and commitment to the school. Last but not the least, the celebration ended with a very youthful, musical and lively performance by the teachers. They danced to the medley of songs in four different languages from the 1980's era and ended the program by singing the "... ज़िन्दगी मिल के बिताएँगे '' It was loved by everyone and the air was filled with exuberance and enthusiasm. The program ended with a scrumptious lunch feast. All the families had pitched in to bring potluck items.
Behind the Scenes:
Committed to making this event memorable and special, ISW faculty and administrators worked relentlessly until the day of the event. With support and encouragement from our co- directors Shiamin Melville and Ruchi Chauhan, the event was meticulously planned so that it showcases not only the students' linguistic abilities but also gives a glimpse of the rich Indian culture. The event truly depicted the "Unity in Diversity" theme of our school.
The decoration team led by Bindiya Jain worked on creating beautiful bulletin boards and a unique centerpiece to decorate the hallways of the main lobby. While one of the boards had pictures from assemblies held throughout the school year, the other one had messages from students written on hearts that created the number "30". The hall was decked with marigold garlands and windows had mirror-work umbrellas to add more colors to the decor!
Teachers' dance performance was choreographed by Anupama Debroy and the medley had songs in four major languages (Tamil, Marathi, Hindi, and Gujarati) taught at our school.
The idea for the grand finale of the event was conceived by Sarita Deshpande. Intended to bring everyone together and spread cheer, the song created a melodious and mesmerizing environment where the audience joined the teachers singing the final few lines of the song while clapping their hearts out! It was truly an amazing 30th anniversary celebration and as our co-founder Carolyn Passeyji mentioned, "Cheers to another 30 years!"
Message from our co-founder Carolyn Passey
Thank you to Ruchi, Shiamin, and all the teachers, parents and students for allowing the school to continue to flourish and grow for the past 30 years!
Today’s celebration was just perfect - from the festivities planning to the decorations, all the well prepared student presentations thanks to the teachers and the students hard work, the great food thanks to the parents, to Sarita and Anu for the most fun way of ending the day with dance, music and song, and to everyone who “dressed” me and showered me with so much love!! The whole day was filled with laughter and fun and I am so glad I could be a part of it!!!
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing many of you at India Day!!
Cheers to another 30 years!!
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