by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Spark Photography 

Meet Tej Gulati

Tej Gulati will soon enter fourth grade at Design39Campus and has already made a profound difference at the school and the community. He is an active volunteer and is involved in many extracurricular activities. Tej is extremely passionate about helping others and spearheaded a campaign to lend a hand to both animals and people. “I put together a pet food drive at my school and within the community to collect food for cats and dogs for Helen Woodward’s AniMeals program. This program delivers pet food to companion animals that live with senior citizens,” explained Tej. He made posters and hung them up at Design39Campus, distributed fliers in all classes at the school, wrote a blog post on the Design39 blog site, and did presentations for many classrooms to promote the food drive. According to Erin Odermatt, Supervisor of the AniMeals program, donations are vital to the program. “AniMeals runs entirely on donations, and we feed just over 700 pets every month. Donations like Tej’s make this possible,” stated Odermatt.


In addition to helping Helen Woodward’s AniMeals program, Tej sells lemonade to raise money for the Burn Institute to help children who are injured in fires. This kind-hearted young man also enjoys his classes at Design39Campus. He has learned how to code and cites STEM Rotations, Deep Dives, and Minds in Motion as his favorite subjects (aside from recess, of course). “I like these subjects because they keep my brain thinking and my body moving,” revealed Tej.

Name: Tej Gulati (9)
School: Design39Campus
Grade: 4th in Fall 2016
Parents: Avnita Gulati and Abhiieet Gulati
Sibling: Sohana (5)
Favorite Place in 92127: Design39Campus

Off campus, Tej has many hobbies, activities, and sports that keep him busy. He plays basketball, soccer, tennis, and archery. “I also like playing drums, working on my computer, biking to the park to meet friends, and playing on my iPad and Xbox,” said Tej. He is always willing to try new things, and is currently experimenting with cooking. Tej is also a DJ who enjoys spinning at parties. Whatever endeavor Tej decides to try next, it is sure to be a success for this bright and caring 4S Ranch native.