Arete: The Meaning of Life
Bheeni Jajodia, Class VIII F
The Shishukunj Intenational School sponsored the creation of a library at Atri Devi Higher Secondary School. On July 3, 2019, the Management and the members of the Students’ Council, on the very first day of their tenure, inaugurated the abode of books. Representatives from FICCI FLO and GoDharmic – NGOs working towards such library projects at government schools, were also present.
The ceremony started with the ribbon cutting ceremony. Every one involved in the making of the library was thanked and appreciated. The Students’ Council got the opportunity to interact with the students about the importance of books in one’s life. This was followed by a gainful discussion of how to develop a healthy reading habit. In the end, all the students put their handprints on the beautifully painted walls of the library, keeping alive the memories of the function forever. Sponsoring a library was a wonderful gesture on the part of Shishukunj and will go a long way in instilling in the students of Atri Devi Higher Secondary School the love of reading.
Being a part of this programme proved to be very inspiring for Shishyans, they realized how fortunate they are to have access to such large libraries in their own school . Each of them pledged to collect books and do their best to constantly upgrade the library at Atri Devi Higher Secondary School, so that students of this government school may also revel in the joy of reading books.
A group of students of Class VIII, volunteered to be scribes for the students of the Helen Keller Center for the Visually Challenged. They wrote the Class X Board exams for 20 students. Being able to lend a little help to students who are visually challenged was indeed a humbling experience for the Shishyans.
Keeping in mind that English is an international language and a passport to many new and interesting avenues, the students and teachers have been conducting English speaking classes for the helpers of the school. Held twice a week after school hours, the classes aim to equip the ‘students’ with English speaking skills. With regular written and oral tests, these classes are enjoyed immensely by all.
The Thanksgiving Week was celebrated with great enthusiasm in the school. Feeling the need for sharing with those who are not so blessed as them, students initiated a Share a Toy and Spread the Joy campaign. Attractive posters were put up all over the school requesting students to share their old toys. Students also made a presentation in the assembly for the same. The response was overwhelming and the school collected more than 2000 toys which were distributed to children in far flung villages.
In another initiative, students collected stationery items, old books, notebooks, etc. The collection amounted to 8 big cartons which were distributed to children studying in government schools in the nearby villages.
A group of students and teachers conducted an art workshop in a government school in Jhalaria. Armed with crayons, paints and all the required stationery, they taught children how to draw and paint. An art competition followed, in which the best three entries were awarded prizes.
A group of students from Shishukunj performed a Nukkad Natak for students of a government school in Jhalaria village. The importance of education, health hygiene, cleanliness and also reducing the use of plastic was very effectively brought out through this Nukkad Natak. Students also presented a group song and made the school children sing along with them.
The only question the students of the government school had, ”When will you all come next ?”
Shishyans came out in large numbers to purchase Raakhis made by students of the Madhya Pradesh Dhristiheen Kalyan Sangh This “Raakhee Sale” is a regular feature in the school. The hand made Raakhees are highly appreciated by the students and teachers alike, leading to a good sale of the same. This is just a small contribution that Shishyans make to encourage and motivate the students who visually challenged.
Students have also been visiting the Helen Keller School on a regular basis. Interacting with the students of that school, teaching them poems and songs and also playing with them, is indeed a very enriching experience for Shishyans.
In order to reach out to the children of Jhalaria, the school started a new initiative in the summer of 2015. Five days a week enrichment classes are held for students studying in the government school of Jhalaria village. They are not only taught the subjects ( English, Hindi, Science and Social Studies ), but also given lessons in health, hygiene and life skills. A healthy snack given to all students on arrival not only ensures their good health but also a high attendance ! They are also given time to play sports and take part in creative activities like painting, drawing, clay modeling, etc.
Approximately 100 students of Classes II – VIII have enrolled for this programme for which special teachers have been appointed.
This is a small initiative by the school to reach out to the underprivileged section of the society.
While coming to school daily by bus, students used to notice a lot of garbage in a vacant plot in the vicinity of the school. Instead of just complaining and waiting for the ‘authorities‘ to do something, they decided it was time for ACTION.
Armed with gloves and bags, they decided to go there and pick up every piece of litter that they could find on the plot. The task was back breaking but they were undaunted.
‘Why do we litter ?’ was the question that came across their minds. ‘So that someone else can clear !’ was the only answer they could think of.
Back in school, it was time for introspection . Do we also sometimes add to the litter … maybe in school ? The answer was a definitive yes.
Not any more … was the unanimous decision.
This was a small but definite step towards creating awareness and calling for action for a cleaner environment. The students plan to visit the plot every week to ensure that it remains clean . Maybe those who are responsible for littering the plot will also get a message, someday, somehow.