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When charity begins at….school

Apeejay School, Model Town inculcates empathy among students on International Day of Charity with an initiative to donate toys, school bags and rations to the underprivileged



Charity begins at home, or so goes the popular adage. When required, the importance of charity can also be inculcated as a precious life lesson in school. We witnessed an innovative example of this recently, when, to coincide with the International Day of Charity, 2021, students and teachers of Apeejay School, Model Town, Jalandhar, decided to set an example for others to emulate.

The management and teachers at Apeejay believe in the credo: “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” Giving to charity is important. It makes one feel good and it makes others feel good as well. When one helps others with charity, it becomes an act of kindness that goes around and comes back ten-fold.

It is important to introduce the concept of donating, as it helps teach important life skills. Children must be encouraged to be charitable because it teaches them the importance of empathy. The act of giving to others who are less fortunate helps children realise that the things they often take for granted are a privilege that many don’t have. Empathy is a skill that all kids should learn so that they can grow up to be open-minded adults.

Keeping these guiding principles in mind, students of Apeejay School, Model Town, Jalandhar, came out with an impressive initiative to donate toys, school bags and rations to the underprivileged. Some of the students, accompanied by teachers, then proceeded to visit the Unique Home orphanage for girls to meet them on September 5.

“Caring for the needy and uplifting the underprivileged has always been the core of corporate social responsibility at Apeejay. Following in the footsteps of our beloved chairman Sir Dr. Stya Paul Ji, students and staff participated in a donation drive for the underprivileged and collected stationeries, school bags, toys, blankets and groceries for the needy. Also, some of them visited the Unique Home (orphanage for girls).”

-Sinia Sajith, Principal, Apeejay School, Model Town, Jalandhar

Aasheesh Sharma is a seasoned journalist with an experience of more than 25 years spread over newspapers, news agencies, magazines and television. He has worked in leadership positions in media groups such as Hindustan Times, India Today, Times of India, NDTV, UNI and IANS. He is a published author and his essay on the longest train journey in India was included in an anthology of writings on the railways, brought out by Rupa Publications. As the Editor of Apeejay Newsroom, he is responsible for coverage of the latest news and developments in the Apeejay institutions. He can be reached at [email protected]. He tweets @Aasheesh74