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The Sikh Coalition News
December 16, 2019
  • New York High School Students Continue to Learn about Sikhism

    December 16, 2019 (Central Valley, NY) – Last week, for the second year in a row, the Sikh Coalition delivered Sikh awareness presentations to more than 600 students at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, NY.

    After training over 1,200 students in the previous school year, Sikh Coalition staff and trained volunteer presenters conducted 19 presentations on December 12 and 13 in 9th-grade social studies classrooms. As a result, a new class of students learned accurately about the Sikh faith, community, and traditions.

    "I am so pleased to see this important work to raise Sikh awareness continuing," said Ishmeet Kaur, the New York sangat member who originally worked with the Sikh Coalition to build a relationship with the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District. "Helping others to learn about Sikhi is the best way to keep our children safe in schools, and the resources provided by the Sikh Coalition make it easy."

    The Monroe-Woodbury trainings are part of the Sikh Coalition’s never-ending work to ensure that Sikhism is taught accurately in classrooms and to raise Sikh awareness nationwide. Click here to learn how Ishmeet advocated for her school district to do more to raise Sikh awareness in their classrooms.

    "We always welcome the engagement of parents and community members in the teaching process--especially when it comes to cultural awareness, which is increasingly important for today's youth," said Darrell McElroy, Monroe-Woodbury High School’s Social Studies Chairperson. "We're grateful that groups like the Sikh Coalition are willing to lend their expertise and help involve the community in these kinds of initiatives."

    The Sikh Coalition thanks our trained volunteer presenters for making this work possible, and administrators at the Monroe-Woodbury High School for welcoming us back. We encourage sangat members everywhere to take initiative and engage their local schools and educators. For more information on how you can engage your local community, check out our Back to School Toolkit or email our Community Development team at community@sikhcoalition.org.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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