Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar, for the first time had an Alumini Launch on the day of the school’s Investiture’s Ceremony.
The Class X Student Council Members of the 2006 Batch were personally contacted from the school and were invited to be a part of the Alumini Meet.
An official e-mail was also sent to them where they had to fill up a form on the school’s website regarding their personal details.
Eighteen students were invited for the meet out of which fourteen could make up to be a part of the event.
All these students have achieved great heights in their respective fields and are all proud to call themselves Ex-Centre Pointers!
The school’s former Principal, now the Executive Director, Mrs.Mukta Chaterjee honoured them with a token of appreciation, along with the Principal, Mrs.Sumathi Venugopalan.
Amongst them, two ex-students addressed the children with a few words. Rachna Menon, the first School Captain, who is now working as a teacher and a curriculum designer, could actually relate herself to the present School Captain and could remember the day when she was badged as a School Captain. The nervousness she felt at that time could be seen and felt by the listeners.
Tanay Shrivastava , who was actually the naughtiest one of that batch, is now working at MNC, Bangalore. His motivational words encouraged the children to listen to their hearts and achieve great success in future. He considers himself as a branch of the ever flowering tree, The Centre Point Group of Schools.
These ex-students then badged the new Student Council Members of Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar.
They then had an interaction with the teachers who had taught them and were pleased to see their class photos put up on the soft boards. The remarks from their teachers were delightful to read. They even saw their Class X result as it had appeared in the newspaper.
They even came up with ideas where they could do something for the school in terms of Community Service.
A memorable day spent with these people will always be cherished!
The newly appointed Student Council for the academic session 2018-19 was formally installed at Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar on 30th June, 2018. The Investiture Ceremony was witnessed by the school management, faculty members, parents and students. The School Captain, Aman Sheikh, the School Vice Captain, Nayan Sarawgi, the four House Captains and House Vice Captains were honoured with their sashes and badges at the hands of the school management and Housemistresses while all the House Prefects were honoured with their badges by ex-students of the school who comprised the first batch of the institution. The School Captain, School Vice Captain and the House Captains also voiced their passionate views on the occasion in their speeches. Prominently present on the occasion was Mrs. Mukta Chatterjee, Executive Director of Centre Point Group of Schools who heartily congratulated the Student Council and wished them the very best in their future endeavours. She also applauded the valuable contribution of the parents in their wards’ success. Mrs. Sumathi Venugopalan, the School Principal also extended her congratulatory wishes to the Student Council and wished them the best in all their endeavours.
A lot of enthusiasm and gusto marked the Founder’s Day celebrations at Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar with high school students all geared up to for the occasion as they staged an excellent show. The programme started with Class X students performing short street plays based on the importance of Golden Rules in our lives. This House wise presentation highlighted the dedication and creativity of the children and their teacher mentors who put up one engrossing street play after another.
Green House was the first one to perform on the Golden Rule ‘We are kind and helpful’ showcasing that there is still hope for the human race in this unsympathetic and cynical world and all it takes is random acts of kindness to bring a smile on anyone’s face. The next one in line was Blue House with their street play based on the rule, ‘We work hard’ portraying the importance of hard work in our day to day lives. They presented this act with the present as well as a futuristic outlook. The third act staged by Yellow House students portrayed the virtue of honesty and the difficulties encountered to inculcate this quality in one’s character. It turned out to be very instrumental in emphasizing the importance of honesty in our daily lives. The last group to present their skit was Red House theming their presentation on the Golden Rule, ‘We don’t hurt others feelings’. They depicted how people knowingly or unknowingly hurt others emotionally and their presentation became an eye-opener for everyone to realize that hurting someone’s sentiments causes depression too.
The icing on the cake was the performance by the Torrinz group which provides musical education in various schools and has started classes in the school too. Performing on rock numbers, they were a big hit amongst the students as well as the teachers.
Students of Classes X &XI later presented a humorous, quirky play titled ‘Mother’s Day’ which revolved around a tame, docile mother who along with her not-so polite neighbour, puts her high-handed family on track after a small interchanging of bodies. A laughter riot then ensues as the family meets the uptight neighbour in the form of their mother. The act clearly recounted the vital role of a mother in a family.
As the curtains closed on a stupendous show, Principal Mrs. Sumathi Venugopalan highlighted our Founder Director, Mrs. Aruna Upadhyaya’s vision which was to provide quality education to children within the context of mutual respect and joy. This same institute, decades later continues to ‘strive harder and soar higher’ with every passing year. She also applauded the shows presented which showcased budding talent and overall development of all the students who took part in the shows. The programme ended after everyone sang the birthday song for Aruna Ma’am and then it was time to head back to their classes to enjoy a yummy treat.
Endeavouring to make new avenues for professional development available to Centre Point School students, an initiative has been taken by the management to collaborate with Univariety, a career guidance set up with the objective of aiding the students and their parents in making informed career choices.
With this objective in mind, several orientation sessions were organized at Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar on 3rd and 4th Aug ’18 for students of Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 and their parents. These 1 hour sessions were conducted by representatives from Univariety, Mrs. Swati Bhagchandani and Mrs. Pamela Pawar. They spoke to the students at length about subject choices and selecting the appropriate stream after Class 10. The students were informed about how the school and Univariety would assist them in achieving that end with the help of various tests that are available on their website. These tests will help the students discover their strengths, interests, abilities and the careers suitable for them. They were also informed about the availability of admission dates, dates of entrance exams to various universities and other facilities that can be availed on the Univariety website.
After their detailed briefings, the representatives also answered various queries of parents as well as students during the question and answer sessions. The attendees found the sessions very informative as many showed an interest in pursuing further studies abroad.
They expressed their ‘thank you’ to the school management and concerned teachers for opening up such avenues for their benefit.
Class XI Science students at Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar got an excellent opportunity to know more about a career in Merchant Navy when Mr. Ketan Chakranarayan, working with the Anglo- Eastern Ship Management Ltd. Hong Kong addressed them on 26th July ‘18.
As the students listened intently, they were informed what a career in Merchant Navy entails, especially for those who love travel and adventure along with technology.
Mr. Chakranarayan spoke to the students about the eligibility criteria, the selection process, the training structure and placements if the students chose to take up a career in Merchant Navy. He enlisted the exciting opportunities like financial independence at a young age, excellent pay packages, career flexibility and other benefits that await the students if they join this field.
On a concluding note, Mr. Chakranarayan answered questions put up by the students which went a long way in clearing their doubts. Some students showed a keen interest in joining Merchant Navy and interacted with Mr. Chakranarayan at length.
All the students expressed their ‘thank you’ to their Principal, Mrs. Sumathi Venugopalan and concerned teachers for arranging such programmes that served as useful eye-openers for them and would definitely help them to make informed career choices.
Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar teachers attended a prestigious conference held annually in the city on 22nd July ‘18 where they broadened their horizons on trends in education.
Mrs. Akansha Pathak, Mrs. Satwant Bumra, Mrs. Vani Jog and Mrs. Aditi Bhattacharya attended the 13th Annual Principals Conclave themed on ‘Back to Basics in Education’. Organized by the Hitavada Knowledge Magazine, the school edition at Hotel Centre Point, the conference had a number of luminaries hailing from the field of education addressing the august gathering.
Asawari Shenolikar, compering the event commented on the role that technology plays in our lives today and our dependence on it to such an extent that we can’t handle small calculations without the help of a calculator. Amongst those who expressed their valuable views were Mr. Vijay Phanshikar who asserted that schools were not required for education as long as one continued to read and Mrs. Parvati Ayer who spoke on the kind of educators who are truly valued today-from a loving family to passionate professionals at schools to a society with a positive mindset. She opined that expectations from a child should be of value and not just scores and should take into consideration a child’s caliber to learn.
Mrs. Sumathi Venugopalan, the school Principal shared her insightful views on education being a continuous process that accompanies development or a product of development in a society.
While Harvinderpal Kaur cited examples of Sudha Murthy, Thomas Edison and former President, A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Brother Shine Elex strongly voiced his opinions on inefficient resources in most of our schools and the commercialization of education which doesn’t allow the child to play. Neema Jain reflected on the need to go back to basics, combining modern education trends with the traditional system and evolving a more systematized approach. Sarika Kapse, Kanika Anand and Chavi Chaurasuya also expressed their views on the need to boost physical and soft skills education and how the present system is murdering a child’s creativity.
The conference was well attended by principals, teachers and educators from schools across the city.
As a part of their practical exposure, students of Class XII, Commerce stream at Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar embarked on an educational trip to the Coca Cola industrial setup in Butibori on 17th Aug ’18. Accompanied by their Business Studies teachers, Mrs. Sunita Uniyal and Mrs. Neha Vasvani, the students got a conducted tour of the setup soon after their arrival.
They were informed that Superior Drinks Pvt. Ltd. is a franchise that handles the manufacturing and retailing of Coca Cola products in the entire Vidharbha region. The students got an opportunity to see the manufacturing unit of Thumbs Up right from purification of water that comes to them from the MIDC area to the moulding of bottles, labeling, capping, packaging and storage. They also got a chance to see the packaging of plastic and glass bottles.
At the end of the tour, the students spent time interacting with the General Manager of the factory in the conference hall. The interesting question answer session helped them to get a better understanding of setting up and running a business venture successfully.
Presenting a plant as a token of gratitude to the officials, the students thanked them for making their trip an enlightening one.
With an increasing number of students opting to pursue higher education abroad, creating the right kind of awareness for their benefit is the need of the hour.
Orientation session was organized for the Youth Achievers Programme (YAP) at Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar on 22nd June 2018 for classes IX,X and for Class XI students on 23rd July 2018. YAP is a special programme offered exclusively by Centre Point School through which its students have an opportunity to apply for higher studies in USA at Green River Community College, Seattle.
Two ex-Centre Pointers Kartik Sarda and Mariya Mubeen who have completed their High Grade Diploma and an Associate Degree from Green River Community College, Seattle, Washington D.C., US shared their experience at GRCC and also highlighted on the study system in US, with the help of an informative PPT presentation, “Studying in US”. They dwelled at length on what it meant to be a Global Citizen and what pathway a student needed to follow to become one.
Kartik Sarda is currently studying – B.S. degree in Physics in IOWA State University, US
Mariya Mubeen _______
Mrs. Renu Muniyal, senior Computer teacher and YAP coordinator for CPSWN informed the students that admissions are open all year round at the college as the academics regime in the US follows the quarterly semester pattern with an added advantage of a lot of flexibility offered to students regarding their choice of subjects.
On the auspicious day of Gurupurnima, the Choir group of Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar, dedicated a song to all their teachers in the morning Assembly. It was liked by one and all.
Students of Class 10 enthusiastically participated in the soft-board making competition which displayed memorable moments of the Investiture Ceremony held in school recently. 15 students from each house which which comprised the student council members worked towards preparing the boards. The first prize was won by Blue House while the second Prize was given to Red House and Green House stood third.
Students of Class 7 actively participated in the inter-house Poster making competition on ‘Ban Plastics’. The activity aimed at creating awareness among students from each house contributed towards conveying this message. The first prize won by Blue House while the second prize was given to Red House and Green House Stood Third.
With Diwali, the festival of lights, peace and prosperity just round the corner, Centre Pointers at Wardhaman Nagar geared up to make the celebrations that much more special for the support staff of the school. Working hand-in-hand with the school’s Interact Club, the students of Class X enthusiastically took up the initiative of collecting oil packets, sugar and diyas from the whole school. Young and old, the children really rose to the occasion and it was heartening to see an overwhelming response as contributions poured in from all quarters. The staff also pitched in by adding a ‘sweet’ touch as packets of traditional delicacies were added to the gifting together with Bindi packets too!
What a pleasing sight it was to see our year-long helpers dressed up in their traditional best, all seated to witness a special programme organized for them on 2nd Nov ‘18. They beamed with happiness as the School Captain, Aman Sheikh and Vice Captain, Nayan Sarawgi addressed them, expressing their ‘thank-yous’ on behalf of all the students for their help throughout the year. They were all smiles as they accepted the tastefully packaged gifts and sweets from Class X students and Interact Club members respectively and expressed their gratitude for all the love and attention showered on them. Mrs. Sumathi Venugopalan, the school Principal also expressed her gratefulness for their unending services not only for teachers but also for children and wished them a prosperous and safe Diwali.
Distances don’t matter when it comes to extending a big helping hand to alleviate the suffering of people ravaged by natural disasters. Nearly every Centre Pointer at Wardhaman Nagar rose to the occasion and the young and the old Good Samaritans came together to do their bit for the flood affected victims in devastated Kerala.
Empathizing with their agony and anguish, students contributed generously to the relief measures which were undertaken jointly by the Student Council and the Interact Club of the school to assist rescue operations in ‘God’s own country’. Launching a donation drive on 21st Aug ’18, members of the Student Council and the Interact Club addressed every class, informing them about the various materials and commodities that they could donate and stressing on the urgency and necessity of the endeavour. Messages were also sent out on all active student social media groups to reinforce the emergency of the situation.
The response was overwhelming. Donations in the form of various kinds of medicines like disinfectants, syrups, tablets, first aid kits, cotton rolls, bandages, etc. as well as toiletries and mosquito repellants poured in from students of Classes I to XII on 23rd and 24th Aug ’18. These were later sorted and packaged into nearly 7-8 large containers along with half a dozen sacks of cereals like rice and wheat and sugar each in just two days. The consignment was finally dispatched to the Rotary Club and a Kerala based NGO with the hope that it would offer timely relief wherever needed.
Brimming with pride for a job well done, every student was appreciated for their valuable contribution to a noble cause by the school management and staff. Members of the Student Council and the Interact Club were also applauded for leaving no stone unturned to accomplish this feat at such short notice.
The initiative spoke volumes for the spirit of teamwork, humanity and concern showed by Centre Pointers to help their brethren in need. It was ample proof that when small acts of kindness are multiplied by millions of people, they can transform the world.
Once again, Centre Pointers at Wardhaman Nagar rose generously to the occasion and happily contributed to a noble cause they take up every year.
With the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan round the corner, the Interact Club of the school together with volunteers organized a philanthropic sale of rakhis specially made by the differently abled children of Sandhya Sanwardhan Sanstha. The stalls set up in the tamarind pavilion of the school for two days on 10th and 13th Aug ’18 wore an inviting look and had groups of children buying rakhis during break times.
As always, this enthusiastic response meant good tidings for the child artists as a whopping amount of approximately Rs. 7500 was collected. It just goes to show that we haven’t forgotten how to be kind and generous.
The inmates of the Sanstha and the organizers were overwhelmed and expressed their thanks to their patrons, CPSWN and hoped that they would continue to make a difference on every Raksha Bandhan.
The school management and staff also applauded the delighted students for showing that they knew how to put service before self!
The three-day conference, CENMUN 2018, with the theme ‘value of ethics in politics’ was launched with a spectacular inauguration ceremony on 5th Oct,’18 at Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar in the presence of dignitaries like Dr. Deepak Vohra, Special Advisor to Prime Minister Lesotho and Guinea – Bissau, Founder Directors of Centre Point Group of Schools, Mrs. Aruna Upadhyaya and Mr. Arun Dev Upadhyaya, Directors, Mrs. Radhika Rajwade and Dr. Jaisingh Rajwade and Executive Director, Centre Point Group of Schools Mrs. Mukta Chatterjee.
After the event was formally inaugurated on a traditional note with the lighting of the lamp by all the dignitaries, Mrs. Aruna Upadhyaya, in her inaugural address, once again threw light on the Centre Point School philosophy of allowing its students to venture into experiential learning.
In his motivating address, Dr. Deepak Vohra urged the delegates to identify the challenges faced by the world in the present scene of changing power equation. He drew the attention of the delegates towards the role of India and its youth in this new world with its challenges like global warming and growing terrorism.
Welcoming the guests, the Principal, Mrs, Sumathi Venugopalan stressed the importance of enhancing leadership skills through experience as a part of school education as well as ethics. According to her, “if we are to live in peace every nation, community and individual must envision universal and humanitarian ideals.”
Through a dazzling dance performance, the school students tried to showcase the havoc that humans are wreaking on this earth and paying the price. They emphasized the importance of protecting the environment for posterity.
The Executive Board was introduced to the delegates by Bhavika Waghdhare, Deputy Secretary General, CENMUN 2018. Declaring CENMUN 2018 open, the Secretary General, Archit Venugopalan said that the aim of delegates should be to persuade others to realize the validity of one’s point of view, listening to fellow delegates, forging bonds of friendship and to kindle the minds of the youth towards global challenges and solutions.
With as many as 575 delegates from a number of schools from across the city and neighbouring regions as far as Delhi attending the conference, the meet gave a big platform to all the delegates to strongly voice their views as part of 11 committees and 1 International Press representing countries covering the length and breadth of the globe. In addition to 5 permanent members, other countries included supporters and observers. Active debating, verbal cross-fires and passing of resolutions marked the conference even as it gave the delegates a chance to enjoy live entertainment during Socials.
The equally glittering concluding ceremony on 7th Oct ’18 saw delegates eagerly awaiting the prize distribution ceremony which acknowledged and awarded outstanding delegates for their research and presentations. Amongst other winners, a horde of prizes were bagged by delegates of CPSWN in various committees being represented by a total of 150 delegates.
A very interesting Inter-House competition themed on various ‘scapes’ was held for artists of Class VIII at Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar on 15th Sept ’18. While Green House had to design and paint a wall hanging based on the theme ‘Metascapes’, an imaginary landscape which hasn’t ever been witnessed before, Blue House stroked a wall hanging on ‘seascape’. ‘Landscape’ was allotted to Yellow House while a ‘skyscape’ was worked upon by Red House. All the houses performed admirably and the judges had a tough time deciding the winner. They showcased their creative and imaginative skills with aplomb.
Yellow House and Red House were declared joint winners with 86 points while Green House finished Runners up with 85 points. Blue House came 3rd with 77 points.
All the participants and winners as well as their teachers-in-charge and their Art teachers were applauded by the management and staff of the school for their super creations which are displayed in the school campus.
Cap: Green House
Cap: Red House
Cap: Yellow House
Cap: Blue House
We were all children once so it’s no wonder that we all have our school children’s best interests and wellbeing at heart and this has always been and will continue to be the most cherished aspiration of our institution. What better time to showcase it than Children’s Day when their enjoyment becomes the top priority! So, come 19th Nov ’18 and Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar celebrated Children’s Day with grand splendour, fun and fiesta.
Cap: The hilarious skit
The function began in the morning assembly itself with teachers donning the school uniform and becoming ‘kids’ once again and delivering the ‘thought for the day’ and reading out the news with as much finesse as children. The Principal Mrs. Sumathi Venugopalan wished each and every child on their special day and inspired them with her words. Elegantly dressed in traditional Indian attire which was the dress code for the day, the young and the old looked picture perfect! Right from Class I to Class XII, they assembled together and couldn’t contain their excitement and cheering as their teachers regaled them with one beautiful performance after another. Singing and dancing on some peppy numbers and even presenting a hilarious skit, the teachers made sure there was never a dull moment and time just flew by. Adding an extra dollop of thrill were several performances by talented alumni of the school who lit up the stage with their dances and songs, An exciting cricket show match between the teachers and the students of Classes XI and XII had everyone cheering at the top of their voices as the students won the match. The teachers were only too happy in their win!!
Cap: a ‘fun-way’ for the kiddos
Cap: Captivating performances by former students
Cap: Dancing to a peppy musical medley
Cap: Mrs. Venugopalan addressing the colourful audience
Yummy goodies packed in pretty boxes had children munching away. Their excitement went up a peg or two as prizes for the best dressed student from each section of every class were also announced and presented. The day ended on a happy note with teachers seen clicking pictures with their students and making memories to be cherished forever.
Spiced up with fun, frolic, food and laughter, the annual Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar fete ‘Cenfiesta’ was back with a bang on 22nd Nov ’18 this year. Enjoyed by young and old alike, this day is really looked forward to by one and all.
Running from 9 am to 4pm, the varied stalls advertising games, rides, an international and traditionally Indian food arena and live entertainment were seen doing great business for the day as the teachers and student volunteers did incredible work to keep the fun quotient on the rise.
The Art and Craft stall saw people flocking to it in large numbers to buy attractive handicrafts like creatively designed paper bags and paper flowers to hand-made vases created by students under the guidance of their Art teachers. With the great demand, everything sold like hot cakes!! The exciting games stalls were equally appealing and groups could be seen hunting for hidden treasure or ringing little goodies and winning chocolates at simulation games.
The ‘Happy Memories’ stall and the ‘Dedicate a song’ stall attracted visitors like bees to honey, all ready to pose with friends, family, teachers and students with all kinds of hilarious props and dedicate their favourite songs to each other.
The fete also offered visitors a chance to buy a sapling and other potted plants and florals and become ‘green ambassadors’. Set up by Class XI and XII students, the stall had a steady stream of onlookers and buyers who were interested in beautifying their homes!
They say that happiness comes in small packets which turned out to be true for the stall aptly titled ‘Kingdom of Treats’ which served delicious pastries and muffins. No wonder the stall won the prize for ‘best decoration’. The enthusiastic students of Class XI weren’t far behind when it came to bagging a few prizes. Class XI D won the ‘most enterprising stall’ award for NERF shooting and it also won a prize for the most innovative idea for the game, Try your Luck. ‘Best Promotions’ title was won by Shakes and Sandwiches stall and the prize for ‘Best Slogans’ was won by Fries.
From eating and songs to DJ and games, the fete had it all!! Everyone from ex-students and parents to children and teachers streamed through the gates and had a gala time, making it a one-stop destination for fun all around!
With some Indian festivals having a detrimental impact on the environment, it is time to rethink how we strike a balance between celebrating them and conserving our ecosystem.
Members of the Interact Club of Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar did just that when they encouraged students of Class VIII to make Ganesh Chaturthi an eco-friendly festival by designing and making their very own Ganesh idol from organic matter like hay, sutali, shadu clay, natural colours, crepe paper, basil, alum and gum made from ‘maida’ and rice paste. Even the ‘modak’ was made from alum. Under the guidance of their Art teacher, Mr. Praveen Waliokar, the children made the idol which was displayed for everyone to see and seek blessings from.
The sensitized children implored everyone to use eco-friendly idols so that they can be immersed properly at home and the remains can be used later as manure.
The school management, staff and students thanked the Interactors for becoming ‘green ambassadors’ and taking the initiative to spread the much-needed awareness.
All Interactors look forward to one of the most anticipated events of the year for them and Interactors at Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar are no exception. They were elated to hear that the Annual Interact Meet was being organized at Jain International School in November.
At the outset of the three-day programme, the participants were allocated different houses and initiated into performing various challenging activities for which they were awarded marks. While an interesting quiz had them donning their thinking caps, antaakshari had them singing their favourite numbers and origami unleashed their creativity.
Competing in several unique sports brought out their sportsman spirit as they battled it out in games of baseball-cricket, lawn tennis-football, kabbadi, kho-kho, etc. Multiple sessions were also held on traffic rules, development of social skills, self-defense, etc. As these activities were conducted, each and every student was assessed on the basis of their involvement, leadership qualities, communication skills, etc.
On the third day, it was the time to head home. The organizing Rotarians had everyone waiting eagerly for the announcement of the results and of course, the prizes! Paridhi Jaiswal from CPSWN won the Miss Interact award and was awarded a sash and a trophy and made the school extremely proud of her.
At the end of the meet, the Interactors realized how their wonderful experience had changed them for their future and would play a big part in improving their personality, skill and knowledge.
Thanking their teacher-mentor Mrs. Roma Mundra for the opportunity, the Interactors were applauded for their good performance by the management and staff of the school.
Cap: District Interact Meet
Cap: One of the activities in progress at the Interact meet
Championing the cause of ‘Joy of Giving’, Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar children responded wholeheartedly to a call of sharing and caring for those who are not as well endowed as them. Their response to the ‘Neki Ka Pitara’ drive was over- whelming to say the least.
Under this effort, a few ‘Anganwadis’ were first identified around the school premises and, after information about the number of children and their requirements and meal times was gathered, Anganwadi Kramank 71 and 74 were shortlisted for the drive and the children were motivated in the morning assembly to donate 5 PET bottles of Amul Cool or any other flavoured milk (200 ml) and 5 biscuit packets of Rs 5 only on their birthdays. This initiative aimed at developing in children a sense of empathy and duty before entertainment. A pamphlet was also printed and distributed to the children to communicate this effort to their parents and garner their support.
With the PITARA (a Cellfrost) refrigerator overflowing in no time, a batch of 70 bottles and packets of biscuits for 2 Anganwadis were despatched every time. The joy on the faces of the children was to be seen to be believed! Prakhar Singhania, one of the Prefects (Special Projects) who accompanied the volunteers cited, “seeing their dark earnest eyes and the small dingy rooms in which they were seated, we realised how lucky we were. Some drank the milk fast….others slowly sipped…..some were suspicious initially because they thought we had come to vaccinate them, but in the end all were happy “.
It’s been several months now since the drive commenced in Sept ‘18. Everyone from their in-charge teachers, Mrs. Sana Seth and Mrs. Aparna Dharmale to student volunteers and all the young contributors felt a deep sense of happiness and satisfaction when they came to know that the attendance in the Anganwadis had gone up and they had gained the trust of the children. They sincerely resolved to pursue this drive and bring more Anganwadis under their radar as the trend of ‘Meaningful Birthdays’ catches on