Chris and Pam Maxey are gearing up for their trip to India where they are volunteering at the Pardada Pardadi School (PPS), which is about 4 hours drive east from New Delhi. We were first introduced to PPS by longtime friend and Cape Eleuthera Institute shark research program collaborator Lucy Howey. The school's founder Sam Singh and principal Renuka Gupta visited The Island School in October 2015 and shared their inspiring story about building an all girls school in a place where girls have very few opportunities. In August 2016 Ashok Khugshal, a mathematics teacher from PPS, attended the 19th! Island School Teacher Conference to share project-based and experiential assessment techniques and live the life of an Island School student.

Under the leadership of two-time Island School parent Gigi Goldman, co-founder of the charity We Share Solar, a dedicated team of Island School alumni have been busy building solar suitcases for Pam and Chris to take to India. They will be carrying four separate units and will work with the students at PPS to install these resources where they are most needed. There are many villages in the surrounding area that have little to no access to reliable power. The We Share Solar curriculum provides light while also introducing students to the simple beauty of solar. Stay tuned for updates from the expedition!

Island School alumni Nick Giordano (Spring 2016) and Azam Janmohamed (Spring 2016) hard at work  assembling the components of a solar suitcase destined for PPS.

Island School alumni Nick Giordano (Spring 2016) and Azam Janmohamed (Spring 2016) hard at work  assembling the components of a solar suitcase destined for PPS.

Island School alumnae Kyra Hall (Fall 2016) and Annika Goldman (Spring 2016) putting the solar controller components together to fly with Chris and Pam.

Island School alumnae Kyra Hall (Fall 2016) and Annika Goldman (Spring 2016) putting the solar controller components together to fly with Chris and Pam.

Pam Maxey and Gigi Goldman with the energy capture side of the solar suitcase, providing light for families and facilities in rural India through PPS.

Pam Maxey and Gigi Goldman with the energy capture side of the solar suitcase, providing light for families and facilities in rural India through PPS.

Jim Jordan (science teacher at The Lawrenceville School, and a pioneer Island School teacher), John Clarke (Lawrenceville teacher), Gigi Goldman, Azam Jonmohamed (Spring '16), Chris Maxey, Nick Giordano (Spring '16), Annika Goldman (Spring '16), Kyra Hall (Fall '16), Pam Maxey

Jim Jordan (science teacher at The Lawrenceville School, and a pioneer Island School teacher), John Clarke (Lawrenceville teacher), Gigi Goldman, Azam Jonmohamed (Spring '16), Chris Maxey, Nick Giordano (Spring '16), Annika Goldman (Spring '16), Kyra Hall (Fall '16), Pam Maxey