Community Service at Sanskriti School
Community Service is an integral part of the Sanskriti School’s curriculum. It is part of the Sanskriti School mission to not only impart an education about Indian culture and languages but also the importance of giving back to the community and those in need. We encourage children to participate in all of the community service activities (which is about 2-3 each year). We expect this to be another amazingly successful year of giving!
In past years we have done various community service events to mark Gandhi Jayanthi that have included neighborhood clean-ups, making food kits and toiletry kits for the homeless, assembling school supply bags for an orphanage in India and making cards for our troops.
This year in light of the unfortunate aftermath of the Kerala floods, we decided to come together to do a fundraiser to raise money for Kerala disaster relief through the Global Giving Foundation. It was wonderful to see the overwhelming response in attendance, contributions to the bake sale and donations to our fundraiser. We raised over $800 just in donations and bake sale collections. The fundraiser was then opened up to the larger Sanskriti community and we collected an additional $800 dollars.
In August, 2018 at India Fest, Sanskriti School sold water, popcorn and Indian drinks to collect money for Bridges in Summit, NJ, a homeless shelter.
In April 2018, Sanskriti of NJ participated in Livingston's 2nd Annual Community Clean-Up Day at the Community Center, Hillside Ave, Livingston, NJ. Dozens of parents and children cleaned the area near the community center finding not just plastic and glass bottles but also tires and even a large plastic bathtub!
In January, 2018, to honor Martin Luther King day, we partnered with Bridges in Summit, NJ to prepare sustainable brown bag lunches for homeless individuals in the Newark area. Students at Sanskriti school were shown a powerpoint on the plight of the homeless in New Jersey so as to get a better understanding of their life and experiences.
Thanks to all the enthusiastic teachers and volunteers who continue to create an environment for our children to learn, participate, and stimulate their appreciation and the importance of community service.