Kerman student all about giving back

July 3, 2018
“You don’t typically find kids like that who want to volunteer anymore and make the community a better place just because. And that’s what he’s all about. He wants to make Kerman a better place to live.” - Robert Frausto, Superintendent, Kerman Unified School District The son of Punjabi immigrants, Jaskiret grew up in a house with limited English. His parents worked in the fields while his grandmother took care of the children. Teacher Pam Sellick, a former district librarian, and now Jaskiret’s Principal at Kerman High, took a special interest in Jaskiret and gave him his first set of books from her personal collection at home. “I owe Mrs. Sellick everything,” Jaskiret said. “I can never repay her because she basically taught me how to read. She cared about children’s education. No doubt about that.” Jaskiret feels indebted to educators like Sellick who made such a monumental impact on his life. He has turned that gratitude into goodwill by giving back to his community. You’ll often find him reading to students at Goldenrod Elementary. He also sits on the board as a student representative for Kerman Unified School District. And he will not rule out the possibility of running for a school board seat in the near future. In a world where teenagers are often self-consumed, Jaskiret is determined to pay it forward. And he would not have it any other way. “If we can make a difference in someone’s life, that’s all that’s going to matter at the end of the day.” – Jaskiret Rai
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