When you hear the words Panther Picnic there are a few things that instantly come to mind: Paws, talent show, sno-cones, burgers, and CAFE RAJ! This is the Raja family’s last year at Prospect Sierra, and given this year’s school-wide theme of community, we thought it only appropriate to do a Community Profile of the Raja family as we celebrate one last year with them at Panther Picnic. For those of you who enjoyed Panther Picnic this past Sunday, you now know how delicious the food was, thanks to the Raja family and their restaurant, Cafe Raj. We thank them for being such a cornerstone of the Panther Picnic, and of our community at large, for so many years. It goes without saying, we will miss you!
How many years has your family been at or a part of Prospect Sierra?
Our family has been at Prospect Sierra since 2007 when our oldest daughter, Bella, started kindergarten.
How many years have you participated in Panther Picnic? How did you first get involved?
We have been attending the Panther Picnic from our first year at the school and have always enjoyed this wonderful day of fun and community building. We were first asked to provide food in 2010 and have been happy to contribute to this beloved event in a meaningful way.
What are some special memories of Panther Picnic for you over the years?
We have so many great memories of the picnic, including our kindergarten daughter dancing in the talent show, both our daughters helping out with games and activities, and lots of good times with friends and family.
Tell us a little about the behind the scenes of getting all that food ready.
A badly-kept secret is that Raj has to stay up the whole night before to prepare all the food for the picnic in time for lunch. It’s a true labor of love!
Are there any moments you would like to share about your overall time at Prospect Sierra as your youngest daughter looks to graduation this year?
It’s hard to believe that this is our last season at Prospect Sierra after so many wonderful years! Our time in this special place will live on in our daughters who have learned to be the compassionate, engaged changemakers that our world needs so much.
How would you define community? Are there some examples during your PS years that really exemplified community?
To us, community is a place of belonging and shared vision. It’s a place where we can bring our joys and our sorrows and know that we are seen and heard. Community is a place to be challenged and to grow into our best selves, learning from those who are taking this journey with us. Prospect Sierra has been all of those things to our family and has left an indelible mark on us all.
*Thank you to PS parent Jamie Kennedy for sharing this interview.