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Envisioning a Green India this Independence Day

On the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, students at Apeejay School, Kharghar engage in delightful activities including planting saplings to pave the way for a greener nation

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The government-led initiative ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ has taken the entire nation by storm. Throughout the country, be it at an individual level or as a group in institutions and organisations, citizens have celebrated the 75th independence anniversary with full patriotic fervour and gusto.

Apeejay School, Kharghar students are no exception. They have participated pro-actively in the celebrations by engaging in a plethora of activities, contests and events organised by the school.

A special assembly throwing light on the freedom struggle and its ideas, achievements, and actions was conducted by class 12 students. They enlightened the audience about the magnitude of sacrifices the nation witnessed by its citizens for its independence. Students then highlighted the progress India has made socially, politically, and economically over the past decades and they also applauded and celebrated the unity in diversity approach that the nation upholds and cherishes.

The assembly gave the students a platform to display their talents. Enactments, soulful rendition of patriotic songs and dance performances by the senior class students enthralled the audience. ‘Paint a T-shirt’ contest on the theme of patriotism was conducted for students of classes 9 to 11. Creative tricolour designs along with slogans were drawn and painted on white t-shirts.

Class 12 student and Head Boy of the school Dirshak Patro said, “Hosting such a touching event was amazing. Organizing and arranging the events was a great leadership experience. The event helped all the participants as well as me to understand the value of patriotism and gave us a medium to spread its message. At its core, patriotism encourages responsibility as was shown by the participants. Jai Hind!”

The middle school students were not far behind in displaying their patriotic fervor. Students participated in the inter-house solo dance competition on the theme of ‘Unity in Diversity’. The vivacious dancers set the floor on fire with their energetic performances depicting the different dance forms from all corners of India. The choreography, rhythm, synchronization and presentation of all the participating students was phenomenal.

Students from classes 6 to 8 dressed up as their favorite Indian leaders. The students showcased their versatility with the help of the character chosen in their particular costume. The students presented themselves by sharing information about the characters and the audience was left enthralled with their endearing acts.

The Primary section of the school too joined in the patriotic fervour as a ‘No plastic bag day’ and a wide array of other activities was organised to develop the feeling of patriotism amongst the children. Students did their bit for the environment by planting Hamelia and Periwinkle saplings. The value of planting trees and keeping their surroundings green with a collective goal of Green India was imbibed by the students.

They also made tricolour paper ring chains, origami birds, and wall hangings using paper flowers. Activities like collage making, headgear making and tricolour salad making were conducted. Students realised the importance of green, white, and saffron food in a healthy and balanced diet through a tricolour food party. They also engaged in other social awareness activities such as poster making on the topics of ‘75th Independence anniversary’ with a slogan and ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign. The activities presented gave a hands-on learning experience to all the children.

“Thousands laid down their lives so that we can breathe this air of freedom. Let us not forget their sacrifice. Let us be proud of our nation.Let’s collectively salute them for their prowess. Wishing you all a very Happy Independence Day!”

Smt TejasWini S KatDare, Principal, Apeejay School, Kharghar

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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