Ritanjali Hastir, Keekli Reporter, 18th April, 2015, Shimla
To mark the celebration of Earth Day – an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on this day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection, Principal Vidhupriya Chakravarty and teachers of St. Thomas School, Shimla came up with a very innovative idea. As one of the teachers informed Earth is considered to be our mother and we all thought that we should celebrate this day with our biological mother. We asked all the participating parents to use waste material and their creativity for converting it into something productive.
Since children are the future, hence the responsibility of saving and protecting earth lies with them. It was a laudable attempt by the school authorities. If one considers then in a way children working in harmony with their mothers by utilizing waste material symbolically showed a step towards maintaining the eco balance and saving the natural mother – Earth.
The event / activity was divided into three segments and today Class I students participated in the event. Raw materials such as scrapped CDs, old X-rays, old newspapers, egg trays, paper cups and ice cream sticks were use to make wall hangings, pencil stands, pen holders, flower vases and lamp shades.
In the event Lakshay, Bhargav, Tanisha, Sejal, Ayush Dhima, Tushar, Jannat, Harshit Singh, Vanshika, Yash, Divya Panwar, Aditya S. Thakur, Akshit, Avni Kashyap, Mawya, Anchal, Kirti, Aryan Kanwar, Rashmi Mehta, Samarth, Nished, Onia, Kaheli, Sunny, Luv Mishra, Aryant, Atirath, Raghav, Alya, Abhay, Shabhid, Jasmin, Venus, Amir and Ikra participated with their mothers.
While sharing their experience and feelings about the whole concept most of the parents said that it was a wonderful idea. Many of them were too caught up in their daily bread and butter ordeal that they didn’t get time to get creative and that too along with their children. It was good that children shared their positive messages with us and also gave us an opportunity to use our creative talent and teach our children too in the school.