- Maryam Taysir
PVS fundraiser makes goal a vision from reality
Pleasant View School commemorated its 20th anniversary on Saturday at Woodland Hills Event Center as a fundraiser to complete construction and further develop programs.
PVS honored the many achievements made by the students and the school’s progress of a new building.
The goal of the fundraiser was to raise $980,000 to fund the new building and new classrooms for Pleasant View School’s growing number of students.
The fundraiser started with a Quran recitation by Sheik Mohammad Al- Qadhi, followed by a small speech of appreciation to all the attendees by Pleasant View School’s principal, Mohammad Malley, and a play performed by the kindergarten class.
The honorary speakers were Imam Siraj Wahaj and Sheik Yasir Qadhi, both emphasized the importance of supporting Pleasant View School.
“Supporting Islamic Schools is imperative," said Imam Wahaj. "Anybody who is concerned about their future has to have a component of their religion at the base- every religion does. It gives the base of salvation and I think that once that foundation is there, they can go anywhere.”
Malika Kounkourou, a junior at PVS also gave a heartwarming testimonial about her life at the school. Kounkourou told the audience that as her family prepares to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia, she recalls her admiration and appreciation of the school she grew up in.
“At PVS we pray together, we learn together, we eat together, we grow together - and we thus care about each other and want the best for each other and feel responsible for one another,” Kounkourou said.
The event came to an end with the call for Maghrib prayer, dinner and $905,000 raised.
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Imam Wahaj explains why school's like PVS are important.