ASC reps attend the NAESP Convention in Spokane July 10 – 12, 2019

Karnveer Singh and Dr.Balwinder Singh with a Principal at the ASC exhibit

The American Sikh Council (ASC) participated at the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Convention (National Elementary & Middle School Principals Conference) held at the Spokane Convention Center in downtown Spokane, WA held from July 10 – 12, 2019.

S.Dharmajit Singh, S.Devinder Singh, Dr.Balwinder Singh, S.Karnveer Singh, S.Gurmehar Kaur, S.Simranpal Singh, S.Harpuneet Singh, S.Taptej Singh and S.Kavneet Singh organized and held the Sikh exhibit at the NAESP Conference.

Over twenty two hundred (2,200) professional elementary and middle school principals attended this major annual national event. The very best and many peers nominated principals attend this conference from across the nation once a year.

All the sewadars interacted with the teachers/educators by interacting, answering questions, discussing various issues from bullying to our history in America, while giving them multiple brochures about the Sikh heritage. The sewadars did a fantastic job of not only engaging the attendees but ended up having long discussions on various aspects of content which is missing from the general curricula, across the board. Many educators waited to have turbans tied for free in order to understand the turban, by trying to walk in our shoes for a short while.

The direct face to face conversations with most teachers while tying turbans was an extremely effective way to educate the professionals about the Sikh Faith, our values and the multiple challenges our children face in schools across the nation.

Davinder Singh and Kavneet Singh with a principal at the NAESP Convention

Over the three days, the tireless sewadars interacted with hundreds of principals, tied turbans, gave out brochures and created a movement that was witnessed by thousands. By the end of the event, attendees, guests, convention center employees and even the organizers became a part of it. The American Sikh Council’s exhibit was by far the busiest booth in the convention drawing much needed attention. A high school principal from Utah commented, “This was the most interactive and interesting exhibit where I actually ended up learning something new and valuable.”

 

Principals posted pictures with turbans on social media using keyword like ‘acceptance’, ‘mutual respect’,’understanding’, ‘tolerance’, ‘diversity’, ‘Sikh’, ‘Sikhs’, and ‘turban’!

One of the Principals; Ms. Cruz stated, “I have never seen anyone work so hard. Please do not stop this fantastic initiative and continue the great work.

It was a mesmerizing event for volunteers with plethora of fun and encouragement to contribute in future events.

            

Kavneet Singh with NAESP Director                        Kavneet Singh with a Principal

Ms. Joyce M from Louisiana stated, “This was an eye-opener and changed my perception and pre-judging those who look different from me.”

The networking and the outcome of ASC’s collective work was a resounding success, and in order to sustain this ongoing effort ASC requests all the gurdwaras but especially member gurdwaras need to continue their support of these very important educational initiatives to help our next generation thrive for a better future.

The American Sikh Council (ASC) continues to collaborate and make sure that educating the educators continues in a positive and wholesome manner for a better tomorrow for all us.

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