ISEB Sunday School Appreciation Dinner for Teachers and Volunteers
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
The Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB) Sunday School held an appreciation dinner for teachers and volunteers on March 19, 2016 at the Chandni Restaurant, Newark, CA.
The proceedings began with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Syed Rifat Mahmood, former President of ISEB and President of United Muslims of America (UMA).
Raffath Shareef, Principal of the Sunday School, welcomed the guests on behalf of the school. Raffath Shareef is serving in the Sunday School as a volunteer for the last 19 years.
Raffath Shareef proudly informed the guests that many school graduate students return to school to work as volunteers teachers.
She was elated to see the school growing day by day since its inception. At present, 280 students are enrolled in the ISEB Sunday School with 49 teaching staff. The school plans to add the 8th grade class soon.
The school started in 1999 with 17 students and 3 teaching staff members who worked hard in its establishment.
Laeeq Ahmed, volunteer at the school, was MC of the program which included award of prizes to those who had rendered several years of service to the school. A salient feature of the program was a quiz competition in which general knowledge and Islamic questions were asked. Participants of the quiz program were awarded prizes.
Laeeq Ahmed conducted the quiz program very efficiently and skillfully.
A number of teachers were invited to express their experience at the school. They were: Mohammad Riaz, Akila Atarwala, Nawal Saleh and Dana.
Waqar Khan, President of the ISEB, handed over the service appreciation awards. He expressed happiness that the school is serving the growing Muslim community of the Gulf.
The mission of ISEB Sunday School is to guarantee that each student achieves excellence in Islamic knowledge that will aid them in becoming a responsible citizen. By engaging our children in programs that meet the highest educational, ethical, and Islamic standards we can create a truly learning community.
Alongside studies, the ISEB Sunday School organizes a family picnic once a year to build bonds between parents and community members.
A Quiz Competition and Hajj Poster Competition are held annually to test the students while several other incentives are taken to motivate them.
The ISEB Sunday School Annual Day is held to celebrate and recognize outstanding performances by students from all ages who are proud to show their parents what they have achieved during the year. The Sunday School will celebrate its Annual Day on June 5.
The School honors its proud graduates who look forward to this day to get their Certificates and rewards.