Mandatory Parent Engagement

Required Parent Participation:

Jain Center of S. California and the pathshala program is run entirely by volunteers. We require parent support and help for the program to run smoothly. Each family that has one or more children in pathshala is required to serve on at least two pathshala days as follows. Please note that both activities are mandatory.

1. Mandatory Pathshala Lunch Duty

Every family whose children attend Pathshala is required to participate in lunch duty on any one pathshala day. This involves organizing and sponsoring the meal, setting up the lunch area, serving lunch, wrapping up and cleaning of the area.

Please select your preferred pathshala date to volunteer for lunch duty when you register your child for the pathshala year. Each pathshala lunch will be sponsored by 15-16 families who can collectively determine the menu as well as how it should be prepared. Questions on the menu considerations and options for the preparation can be addressed with the pathshala lead, Ritesh Desai at [email protected].

2. Mandatory Pathshala Service

At least one parent must provide volunteer service on one pathshala day other than their chosen lunch sponsorship day. On their volunteer service day, one or both parents will make themselves available between 9:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m to help with simple activities guided by the Pathshala administration team. No preparation or additional spend of money will be required for the volunteer service by parents. For any additional questions please email [email protected].

While this may seem onerous, we have seen parents make friends and develop a great social network across other parents in the community. We suggest that parents coordinate with their friends to volunteer on the same day so that they are in good company.

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