The Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), USA, recently organized Guru Vandana (‘reverence for the teacher’) events across the nation in honor of "Teachers Appreciation Week," which is celebrated during the first week of May in the United States. As per an official statement, more than 6000 students, parents, and other invitees took part in these events which continued until the month of June.
The participants expressed their appreciation to the teachers through recitation of Sanskrit shlokas, classical dance performances, songs and musical instrument performances among others. Over 1000 academicians, including teachers, principals, and superintendents from over 60 school districts, were honored at these events, the statement noted.
An exhibition titled Darshana on Hindu civilization developed by HSS volunteers, was also displayed at several locations across the country. Young student members of led the presentation through posters that explained various facets of Hindu dharma, philosophy, Yoga, and other civilizational aspects.
Some children developed innovative skits reflecting great personalities from India and the U.S., while others presented their training in Indian martial arts, Yoga, and other team activities. Some events also featured games and information stalls.
According to the organization, all events were organized by local HSS centers and coordinated by teenage volunteers and their families. In some places, HSS collaborated with the local townships to involve the school district.
“I feel humbled by the love and respect shown by the Hindu community towards us. It’s heartwarming to see such appreciation and recognition for our work. I got to learn so much about Hindu Culture today,” a school teacher from Wilton, C.T. said reacting to the traditional events.
“It is important for the students to connect the modern subjects with the knowledge from their own culture. It leads to personalized learning for the students,” a 6th grade social sciences teacher from a Boston, MA, area school said.