Polina Sorokina, school director in the village of Sardayal: “It seems that the whole country has turned to face us”

Polina Sorokina, school director in the village of Sardayal: “It seems that the whole country has turned to face us”

Polina Sorokina - second from the bottom right // Photo: archive of Polina Sorokina

- I have been living in the village of Sardayal since my birth, since 1965. She graduated with honors from the local “eight-year-old” and received secondary education in the village of Mariets. There was no doubt about the choice of profession - from childhood I dreamed of becoming a teacher, so I entered the Mari State University at the Department of History and Education, at the Department of Philology. She graduated from it in 1987, then had to work as a translator - from Russian into Mari and vice versa - in the regional newspaper Znamya, at that time there were no jobs in the school.

In 1992, I nevertheless got a job in my native school, where I still teach the Mari language and literature.

The work is creative and exciting. We often participate in various events with students and take prizes. For example, in the last academic year, the team of our school took fourth place in the republican contest "Munlo", which in Mari means "wise." And the team captain Olga Budennaya won the captains competition at all. In April, the Mari Research Institute of Language, Literature and History organized a scientific and practical conference in honor of National Hero's Day.

Our student Julianna Ermolaeva took second place there. And this is only a small part of our achievements.

Polina Sorokina, school director in the village of Sardayal: “It seems that the whole country has turned to face us”

Sardayal // Photo: Press Center of the "Circle" festival

Polina Sorokina, school director in the village of Sardayal: “It seems that the whole country has turned to face us”

I have been working as the school principal for ten years. Before that, for 17 years, our school was run by a wonderful woman - Lepestinia Sergeevna Fedorova. She went on a well-deserved rest, and I was offered this position, I agreed.

Now I don’t know when it was harder - ten years ago or now, it all depends on funding. We need new furniture, equipment, and the school building is wooden.

They say that even before the revolution, a train station was built in the village of Druzhino, ten kilometers from us, but due to state shifts, the launch of its work had to be postponed. In 1961, this building was rolled over to us. It is old, has already served its own.

Everywhere repair is needed, the roof leaks, it’s cold in winter, gas has been held in the village for a long time, and the school is heated with coal. Thanks to the parents and the team, we all add up to the repair and carry it out. But we are not discouraged. For the third year in a row, the school’s curator, an employee of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia Robert Gennadievich Fedorov helps the school. Last year, thanks to his help, our students were able to participate in the Russian competition "Fishermen's Fund", scored 79 out of 86 points.

Robert Gennadievich found sponsors for us, donated a laptop, a projector, camping equipment and books. He also invited the Moscow guys from Mug, who taught high school students to use different computer technologies and helped create the site.

Polina Sorokina, school director in the village of Sardayal: “It seems that the whole country has turned to face us”

Students of the school in Sardayal // Photo: press service of the "Circle" festival

Once we sat with the guys from this project in our kitchen, I told what seminars were held at the school, which republican celebrities came to us. She said that we want to hold a rally of talented children, as we are 200 kilometers from the capital of the republic - very far away. It’s hard to travel there every time, so let the talented guys come and teach our children something.

The guys supported me, they said: "let's conduct it at the all-Russian level." So began to prepare the

festival "Circle".

Its main goal is to make friends of the city with the village. The famous group will come to the festival (the group "The Biggest Prime Number" will perform at the "Circle" - Ed. ), the organizers will conduct master classes on modern technologies, and we will show a concert of the folk group "Olyk" Mari ", workshops on baking national dishes, canning, picking herbs, show a fragment of a Mari wedding, organize excursions to Sardayal sights.

It must be very interesting!

To get to the festival, you need to buy a ticket, and the Sardayans and residents of nearby villages just need to register, they do not need to pay. So far, there are few sponsors, but we have opened an account in the village, every day we receive money. We are grateful to Anisia Petrovna Gritsenko from Nizhny Novgorod, Nikolay Yamneev, a graduate of our school, Nikita Petrovich Nikitin from Mari-Turek and many others who donated money for the festival.

Polina Sorokina, school director in the village of Sardayal: “It seems that the whole country has turned to face us”

Students of the school in Sardayal // Photo: press service of the festival "Circle"

Polina Sorokina, school director in the village of Sardayal: “It seems that the whole country has turned to face us”

Students of the school in Sardayal // Photo: press service of the "Circle" festival

In the village, preparations are in full swing for this event. The main thing that we did was to clear the entire territory of the village from garbage.

In the center where the tents will be placed, garbage has been lying for decades, but now this place cannot be recognized. Residents opened an account, they want to build a gazebo, a playground for children - everyone seemed to wake up after a long hibernation, make friends, became kinder, make plans. No one expected this to happen. Thanks to the guys - they have awakened people's faith in themselves.

We plan to launch ethno-tourism, to further develop the village.

By the way, we have good news: in 2019, we will begin to build a new school. In order for us to finally build it, we just didn’t write where, but besides promises we usually didn’t get anything. In November 2017, they approached the reception room of Vladimir Putin, graduates sent letters, and in April of this year, kindergarten teacher Ksenia Plotnikova was invited to Yoshkar-Ola for a video conference with the president’s reception. After that, we were pleased to learn that a school will be built in the village - a kindergarten for 20 children and 60 for older children. All this news inspired us.

If there is a school, then a village will live - there is a future for our children and grandchildren.

- Until now, we have considered ourselves separate, useless to anyone. Now it seems to us that the whole country has turned to face us.

You can learn more about the Circle Club festival, buy a ticket for it, or simply help the festival by clicking on this pink link.

Polina Sorokina, school director in the village of Sardayal: “It seems that the whole country has turned to face us”

Sardayal // Photo: Press Center of the Circle Club

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