300/365 – people to thank who have had an impact on me. This is not about a person but about an entire group of people. Today, as the chair of the teachers’ Professional Development Committee, we organized a day of being exposed to and understanding the different cultures that make up our student population. Of course, we could not hit every cultural/denominational group but we focused on three: Muslim, Buddhist and Sikh. We traveled to the mosques and temples and I learned so much about the Muslim and Buddhist faiths that I had no clue about before. But the greatest learning I had was of my own heritage – the Sikh culture. Our guest speaker couldn’t be there but fellow Punjabi Sikh staff members stepped up and totally schooled me! I had no clue of their knowledge level about our background and what a background we have. Perhaps I didn’t learn so much as rather, I was being reminded of my Punjabi Sikh heritage which is truly rich and multifaceted. I am the first to admit that I have shied away/been embarrassed of my (ethnic) Indian background growing up in a very ethnically similar culture until the last decade or so and I haven’t even thought about my cultural/religious background ever and how it has shaped the man I am today. I can truly say today that I am proud to be a Punjabi man – albeit, the atypical Punjabi man but I am so very glad that I have a rich cultural background where we live large, love large, give large, sacrifice large, and celebrate large. I didn’t realize until today how fortunate that I am to have this amazing heritage with its rich traditions that I love being a part of. To all my Punjabi Sikh family, friends, extended relatives, students, and strangers – so very glad and appreciative that I am a part of this wonderful, unique, collaborative! I love being ethnically/religiously/culturally diverse!