Pongal Day In Virginia

 

Commonwealth of Virginia is the first state to Recognize Pongal Day on every Jan 14th in the entire United States based on Valluvan Tamil Academy’s research.

 

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Tamils across Virginia and all around the world - Our beloved Pongal Tamil festival is now officially recognized as “Pongal Day” by the Virginia General Assembly. The Virginia General Assembly is the oldest continuous legislative body in the New World. A resolution introduced by Delegate David Bulova (D-Fairfax) was approved by the General Assembly on February 14, 2017. With the passage of the resolution, the Commonwealth of Virginia has designated January 14 in 2018 and in each succeeding year as Pongal Day in Virginia.

In his testimony to the General Assembly, Delegate Bulova explained to his fellow members that Pongal Day is similar to Thanksgiving Day. He then described the importance of the celebration to millions of Tamils. Committee members in both the House and Senate were deeply moved and inspired by our Tamil Heritage and the resolution was approved unanimously.

We thank and congratulate Delegate Bulova, who represents the City of Fairfax and parts of Fairfax County in the House of Delegates, for his continued and unwavering support and promoting this auspicious festival before is fellow members to pass this resolution. This will provide Tamils across the Commonwealth of Virginia an opportunity to celebrate and share our rich Tamil heritage, culture, language, and history.

By proclaiming January 14th as Pongal Day, both Virginia and our great nation will have the opportunity to recognize the myriad contributions that Tamil Americans provide to this great nation's social, economic, political and cultural fabric. Pongal Day will be an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Tamil Americans have played and continue to play in communities across America.

The Valluvan Tamil Academy and its legal advisor Mr. Sriskandarajah has worked tirelessly to make this happen.

Congratulations to VA Tamils, Valluvan Tamil Academy and Thanks to Delegate Bulova!

 

This is a historical moment for all Tamils in the United States. Now Pongal day is one of the official designated days that was enacted by the Virginia General Assembly.

It's a historical moment for all Tamils in Virginia. Thanks a million for your support. We are stronger when we are together.

Press release is posted under https://www.facebook.com/ValluvanTamilAcademy/


http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/schedule/ddCalendar.php

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+HJ573ER

AAP Recommendation

Guidelines to issue AAP recommendation letter effective from Feb 4th 2017 onwards

  1.  Student already completed two years of Tamil learning.
  2.  Passed with minimum 70% score and attended 70% of the scheduled classes.
  3.  AAP recommendation letter should be signed by two authorized individuals.
    1. One of the board of Directors preferably Teacher representative.
    2. One of the class room teachers.

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Loudoun County Tamil Credit

 

LOUDOUN COUNTY TAMIL CREDIT APPROVAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Loudoun County Members,

Valluvan Tamil Academy would like to share the great news.

 

Loudoun County will be implementing Tamil high school credit exam starting 2017 spring as per LCPS official.

 

Note that Tamil is the first Indian language to be added under Loudoun Foreign language credit.

 

This is a great achievement in our lifetime.

 

Valluvan Tamil Academy likes to Thank Kristen Umstattd, Leesburg, SRIS Law Group for their tremendous support.

 

Loudoun county official confirmation and announcement on their website illustrated below:

 

CREDIT THROUGH TESTING PROGRAM TO BE LAUNCHED THIS SPRING

 

In April, high school students who speak Tamil will have the opportunity to pilot the new Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Credit through Testing program.

 

High school students with the ability to comprehend and communicate in Tamil will be assessed for language proficiency using the Credit-By-Exam. Credit through Testing measures students’ heritage or native language proficiency in order to award two high school world language credits and  satisfy the intermediate-to-mid-language proficiency required to earn the Seal of Biliteracy.

 

The Virginia Seal of Biliteracy is an award given to graduating high school students – regardless of diploma type – that have attained proficiency in English and one or more languages. Testing dates for the Tamil pilot will be April 4th through 6th. Registration for the exam will be required.

For more information,

https://www.lcps.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=179243&ViewID=7caaa5fa-9086-4e88-bcf0-3224ab17505e&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=271316&PageID=1&GroupByFied&GroupYear=0&GroupMonth=0&Tag

Contact the Office of World Languages and Cultures at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (571) 252-1410.

Seal of Biliteracy information be referred here http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/diploma_seals/seal_of_biliteracy/index.shtml

Kind Regards,

Valluvan Tamil Academy
http://www.valluvantamil.org

Location : Stone Middle School
Address :  5500 Sully Park Dr, Centreville, VA 20120
Timing :    Every Saturday 1:30-3:30PM

Valluvan Tamil Academy (VTA) is a charitable, non-profit (with IRS approved 501(c) 3 status), secular, educational organization established in Virginia with a primary goal of teaching Tamil to children. Currently more than 400 students are learning Tamil in various classes (from Mazhalai to Level 6) as defined by the American Tamil Academy (ATA) curriculum taught by 50+ volunteer teachers. Valluvan Tamil Academy is 100% volunteer operated. Apart from American Tamil Academy curriculum, students also prepare for Tamil certificate exams conducted by Tamil Virtual Academy (Chennai). In future, the goal is to prepare students to earn high school credit  for their Tamil education.

 

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