Hurricane Harvey brought unprecedented flooding and destruction to the city of Houston. Sugar Land Preparatory Academy’s 9th grader Safiyya Patanam saw this as a chance to make a difference in the lives of those affected.
To help with Harvey relief, Safiyya cleaned up debris, gutted houses, packed toiletries, and distributed bedding, clothes, and food for refugee families. This was made possible by Safiyya’s constant involvement with the Islamic Circle of North America, a nonprofit organization that provides disaster relief to those in need. In addition to engaging in Harvey assistance, Safiyya’s numerous philanthropic activities include tutoring a refugee family from Afghanistan, organizing the ICNA South Central Regional Convention, and helping out at her mosque during carnivals and events. It’s not unusual to find Safiyya and her family giving back to their community; they are deeply involved in ICNA Relief Houston and regularly participate in charity events. Referring to her tutoring of the kids from Afghanistan, Safiyya says that seeing the children progress in their studies is an overall humbling and satisfying experience that gives her a great sense of pride.
In recognition of her hard work, Safiyya recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award is given to honor volunteers who have dedicated themselves to multiple hours of service. So far, Safiyya has volunteered a total of 124 hours.
Safiyya continues to tutor the refugee family and help with ICNA Relief packing and distributing events. Sugar Land Prep is very proud of Safiyya and all she has done for the community. We know we will see great things from her in the future! Way to go, Safiyya!
"Danielle Turk, 12th grade student who attends Sugar Land Prep, has been awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Danielle was recognized for her involvement in the Houston Chapter of the Homeless Period Project. The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program in the USA, encouraging citizens to live a life of service. We, at Sugar Land Prep, are incredibly proud of Danielle. Here’s what Danielle had to say:
“The amount of euphemisms for a woman’s menstrual cycles are plentiful. The Crimson Wave, Aunt Flo, and That Time of the Month are just a few. Regardless of a woman’s station in life,
having menstrual products is an issue every woman has dealt with. I decided to help those women who are underprivileged and unable to afford the basic necessities. These women must face this every single month. Believe it or not, menstrual products are the least donated items to shelters, although the need for them is endless. As a woman, this struck a chord with me, and I decided to do something about it. Thus, the Homeless Period Project (HPP) Houston was born.
As Founder and President of this chapter, I collect and drop-off donations for shelters and schools, manage the project’s social media accounts, and network with volunteers and other non-profit organizations. After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we partnered with the Unmentionables, a non-profit similar to the Homeless Period Project, to host a free shopping event for Harvey’s victims. At this event, I was able to witness first-hand the effect that HPP had on women’s lives; as they walked by my station, the women’s eyes would light up as they stuffed their shopping bags with items that were seldom found in donation bins. I was truly making a difference in my community."
Edward Hua, a Class of 2017 Senior at Sugar Land Preparatory Academy, is the definition of ‘well-rounded’; from academics to music to sports, Edward performs remarkably and excels at everything he chooses to do. Edward came to Sugar Land Preparatory Academy (SLP) from Arcadia High School halfway through the 2015-16 school year when he was a junior. Because of the self-paced, individualized learning style at SLP, Edward was able to merge comfortably into the new school.
Now an upcoming Cal Poly Pomona freshman, Edward worked diligently to finish his courses this year while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. In recognition of his hard work and extensive efforts, multiple outstanding universities have accepted him, including Boston University and California State Polytechnic University Pomona. Eventually, his hard work will also pay off in his workplace and in his career as a businessman.
Academics isn’t the only field Edward excels in. He has been playing the trumpet since he was in 5th grade, and received state recognition for his musical skills. He performed in the Rose Parade, an annual traditional New Year’s celebration parade that has been occurring since 1890. Edward also won gold from the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association on behalf of his high school.
Edward graduated from Sugar Land Preparatory Academy this year, and he wishes to be remembered for being a leader that everyone looked up to and respected. His wish will come true, as he is greatly respected and admired by all of his peers and immensely loved by the staff at SLP. The Sugar Land Preparatory Academy family will miss him tremendously, but they yearn to watch him continue to grow and shine in college, his profession, and his future.
Congratulations to Edward and the rest of the Class of 2017! Don't ever forget - "Success, Nothing Less!"
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” but what happens when talent does work hard? As an example of what happens, let’s take Tayler Hunter at our very own Sugar Land Preparatory Academy (SLP). She is one of many of SLP’s high-achievers, who works longer and harder than you can imagine. Tayler first came to the school in the beginning of the 2014-15 school year as an eighth grader. She found the unique, small environment to be comfortable and liked the individualized working style. She took advantage of SLP’s system which allowed her to go at her own pace as well as the one-on-one time with teachers
Sugar Land Prep is dedicated to providing our students with learning foundation skills required for success in college and in life. Our students leave with an impressive advantage in learning. We are a school like no other; here, success is the norm.