The Pen-Stars™ Program was founded in 2015 by two sisters, Sushmita and Himani Narayan, under the leadership of their mother, Prachi Narayan. Although very young, these sisters understood the need for a unique program of self-expression and creative learning to several private and public schools, libraries, and community centers in CT.
Our Mission is to leverage children’s creative and literacy skills and help them achieve their full potential.
Our Vision is to provide a unified platform for all children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds where they can develop, enhance, and express their creativity and be recognized for their efforts.
Over the years, our afterschool enrichment program has spread to schools, libraries, and learning centers throughout Fairfield County. Our goal is to make the Pen-Stars Program accessible to as many children as possible, especially to underprivileged children who might lack the resources to show the world their talents.
In addition to The Pen-Stars Creativity Club, we created the The Pen-Stars™ Series, an interactive book series created by children, for children.
The first book, Happy Celebrations!, co-authored by the program founders, sisters, Sushmita and Himani Narayan, was launched in December 2014. The second book, Baseball, Broccoli, Boats, and Bottles, was launched in November 2016. It consists of two stories written and hand-illustrated by the sisters and also features two other stories created by children from different school districts. Each story includes keywords at the bottom of each page that help enhance children’s vocabulary.
The book has a section called My Creative Corner, where children can create their own stories. They can submit them either by mail or by uploading them on the website for a chance to be published in the book or featured on the website as the Artist of the Month or the Author of the Month.