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March 29, 2011 > Shreemaya Vidhya Mandir celebrates

Shreemaya Vidhya Mandir celebrates

Story and Photos submitted by Sandip Shah

As modern day schools continue to teach subjects which provide tangible returns in professional careers, oftentimes parents and students need something which makes individuals greater human beings. Learning an appreciation of ethics and value systems in life, helps in one's ability to face tough times, look at things in perspective, and model kindness and respect towards others.

Shreemaya Vidhya Mandir (SVM), which translates to "an education temple filled with the presence of god," is an arm of Sheemaya KrishnaDham which teaches or makes an effort to instill such values. It provides a sense of belonging to immigrant community and their children. SVM is a completely volunteer run organization.

Classes are offered in: Value Instilling, Languages, SAT preparation, Teenage programs, and Traditional Music.

Every year at this time of year, the school celebrates its "Annual Day" This year, preparation started 4-5 weeks in advance and volunteers spent time putting together a meaningful program and making sure all students had a part in it.

The theme for the annual day was based on - "Vaishnavta" - how to follow the values of life taught at center in day-to-day life. Various principles were showcased via different skits and traditional dances. Dr. Divyang Patel and Sangita Shah who are at the forefront of leading the SVM team, put together this year's theme. Kunjan Trivedi, Hemant Patel, Nilesh Shah, Hasuben, Ruchita Shah, Chaitali Shah, Aarti Patel and many key volunteers created an amazing show. Chandni Desai put together a skit on how to live in a joint family environment with parents, grandparents and enjoy life. The evening was emceed by the NYS team of Sandip Patel, Nirali Desai, Hiral Shah and Sunny Shah, who asked relevant questions based on the theme to educate the audience.

Shreemaya Vidhya Mandir is located at 25 Corning Avenue in Milpitas. Their new school year begins in August. For further information, call (408) 586-0006 or visit http://svm.bayvp.org/.

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