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ISD Students Celebrate Diwali by Fighting Hunger in the Community

Posted by Devin Felix on 3 December, 2020

A group of ISD students and their families didn’t let a pandemic stop them from participating in an annual tradition of helping others this year. They took part in Sewa Diwali, a national food drive that takes place around the time of Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated each year by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists. The Hindi word “Sewa” means “service.”

The students helped gather 750 pounds of donated non-perishable food and other household supplies from November 1-20. It was then delivered to an organization that serves people experiencing homelessness on the Eastside, and a final batch of donations will go this week to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. The ISD students who took part this year are:

Sunny Hills Elementary:

  • Aarnav Sripal Kola
  • Akshay Pothi Reddy
  • Havish Ram Kesani

Beaver Lake Middle School:

  • HariShankar Placada
  • Eashwar Gopinath

Pine Lake Middle School:

  • Pranav Sripal Kola

Skyline High School:

  • Himadar Pothi Reddy