President’s Message

June 15, 2020
President’s message:

Center for Indian Cultural Education, Bal Vihar of St. Louis, a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 organization was founded 28
years ago to instill and foster Indian Cultural in children in K-12. Over the years, the organization has grown in
registrations and impact on the greater community.

Bal Vihar students actively participate in various activities in partnership with students of different faith. We have
been partnering with St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Arts Museum for many years now. Our youth group
actively partner with inter-fair organizations to promote diversity. Our students also learn about giving back to the
community through various initiatives like Walk for Water, Blanket/Shoe Drive for Immigrants, Donate-A-Diya to
raise money for charitable organizations locally and internationally. Bal VIhar students have been performing at at
The St. Louis Arts Museum during India’s Independence-day celebration for last few years.

Our students are taught discipline, diversity, respect and devotion in their daily routine. The ultimate goal is "to
throw the light of cultural knowledge on every child, to make every child an outstanding citizen and to spread the
song of peace and harmony around the world."

Registration in Bal Vihar program has grown to 385 for the recently concluded school year 2019-20. Our
organization relies on parent volunteer who dedicate their time and energy to make it successful. Our volunteers
collectively spend over 6000 hours throughout the year actively teaching, organizing events and managing
administration. Bal Vihar Executive Committee sincerely appreciate their hard work.

Many thanks to the Bal Vihar parents for their active role in meeting our vision and mission. Likewise, we
appreciate local Indian organizations, businesses, local Universities, political groups and many nonprofit
organizations such as Science Center, Arts Museum, Children hospital, Interfaith Organization, the Bach Society
and more for their collaboration with the cultural school.

Every year, Bal Vihar organizes various events that include Independence Day, Picnic/Family Night, Diwali,
Republic Day, Holi, Yoga/Bhajan Showcase, Variety Show and Graduation Ceremony. Year 2020 has been unlike
any other year in the past. Unfortunately, the pandemic has had significant impact on everyday life for all the
citizens across the globe. We all had to make tremendous adjustments in how we move around, communicate
and collaborate with each other. Bal Vihar volunteer teachers stepped up to the challenge and quickly adapted to
the new way of life. Our teachers facilitated the spring session online. The efforts were well appreciated and
students actively participated. As a result of immense interest, we will be continuing Yoga sessions throughout the
summer and some youths will be engaging in summer learning as well.

We are constantly monitoring the evolving situation around us. For the school year 2020-21, Bal VIhar will review
the guidelines from CDC and local government officials along with inputs from our parents to figure out the best
way to keep our classes and activities going. Safety and well-being of our students, families and community
remains our top priority. We will be communicating with you all later this summer on our plans.

Registrations for the school year 2020-21 are now open. We continue to see lot of interest from within the
community to expose the next generation to their roots and instill our culture and values. With 2019-20 school
year, Bal Vihar moved to the Hindu Temple Community Center in Ballwin, MO. All in-person classes will take place
at that location.

Best Regards,
Sudhir Brahmbhatt