Nov 2008 –Polineni Chinnammai Memorial Trust formed in Martur, A.P. India with the mission to uplift the lives of children in need through education.
Feb 2009 – Ground Breaking ceremony for the Sri Sarada Niketan Public School takes place
Apr 2009 – School receives “CBSE” accreditation (high quality central government of India English medium education) and enrollment students in grades 4 -6
Aug 2009 – School receives educational permit for Grades 1-7 approved by the government of Andhra Pradesh
June 2010- Enrollment of first class of girls grades 3-7
June 2011- Enrollment of first group of HIV-positive orphans
June 2012- Accreditation of grades 1-9
January 2013- Construction of secondary school buildings, laboratories and dormitories underway. School receives accreditation for grades 1-10.
In January 2009, our campus was merely a plot of land with an infrastructure barely under development. By June 2009, we started holding classes in a rented, private building for ninety 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Finally, in October of 2009, we moved to our current campus, which consisted of a 7,500 square foot building and 7.2 acres of land at that time.
By the end of our first year, it became clear that some of our talented and gifted students would benefit from a more challenging curriculum. We hired additional teachers and expanded our curriculum offerings to enable children to learn at their own pace.
By June of 2010, our student body was representative of a large geographic area spanning a province of 80+ million. We became increasingly aware of the emotional needs of our students at this time and expanded our services to include psychological counseling. This proved to be an invaluable resource as we noted dramatic improvements in school performance among many of our vulnerable students.
The Epidemic of HIV and Orphans in India:
In a country where HIV-positive individuals are often rejected or segregated, our school took a bold step in the 2010-2011 school year. We enrolled our first group of children infected with or affected by HIV, with the goal to fully integrate them into our existing student body.
We mobilized educational efforts in the community to cultivate a culture of acceptance and tolerance. Today, we are still one of only a handful of schools in India that cares for and fully integrates HIV-positive children and orphans into a general student population. Our ultimate goal is to see these children graduate from an environment where they are not subject to discrimination, in good health and with sound education. With these tools, they will be equipped to compete for their rightful place in institutions of higher learning.