New Jersey: Thiruvalluvar Tamil School in Edison celebrated its 6th Annual Day with much fanfare on May 15. Dr. Palanisamy Sundaram, a renowned pediatrician and the founder of New Jersey Tamil Sangam (NJTS), a longtime promoter of Tamil language and supporter of New Jersey Tamil community, presided over the function. Current office bearers of New Jersey Tamil Sangam, Mrs. Usha Krishnakumar, President and Kalyan Muthusamy, Vice President, in their speech, heartily applauded the eagerness of students in learning the Tamil language and encouraged them.
Founded in 2010, Thiruvalluvar Tamil School, a nonprofit organization, has continually provided Tamil education to hundreds of Tamil families that live in New Jersey and has been a champion and bulwark of Tamil culture and traditions. While the school began with 12 volunteers and 65 students, its strength has grown over 500%, and today, more than 325 students are taught to speak, read, and write Tamil language with the help of 60 teachers. The students are grouped at various grade levels based on their age and caliber.
The annual day festivities at Thiruvalluvar school is an occasion for celebrating the Tamil language, promoting the arts, the culture and the heritage of the Tamil people, and showcasing the various talents of the Tamil school students.
On Sunday at 2 PM, the annual day celebrations began with a moving rendition of Tamizhthai vazhtthu (Praise of Mother Tamil) by select students in the J.P. Stevens high school auditorium, Edison. Volunteer teacher, Mrs. Sathya Paul welcomed the guests and spoke about the achievements of the school.Senthilnathan Muthusamy, Treasurer introduced the chief guest, Dr. Palanisamy Sundaram. Commending his long service to Tamil language and Tamil people living in New Jersey, Mrs. Shanthi Thangaraj, Principal, awarded a plaque to the chief guest while Lakshmikanthan Sundararajan, Vice Principal, honored him on stage with a ponnaadai (meaning, gold cloth).
Volunteer teachers, Sridhar Kumaravelu, Mrs. Srilakshmi Premkumar, Karuppaiah Ganesan and Mrs. Senthilnayaki Selvakumar compèred the event. Over 300 students, between the ages of 3 and 15, performed in various programs on stage while more than 500 people in the auditorium, clapped, whistled and whooped in joy cheering them up.