October involves one of the biggest event in the whole academic year, Deepavali. This year, we celebrated Deepavali once again in a grand fashion. We are using this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us in arranging a Deepavali filled with fun and happiness.
The celebrations started on 17th evening with a Rangoli drawing competition for our kids. It turned up as a good platform for our kids to exhibit their creative skills. They came up with different themes like forest, village, rainbow etc. as we didn’t insist on any particular theme. It was a treat to the eyes and once again underlined the immense amount of potential that our kids possess. The evening gave way to bursting of crackers preceded by the lighting of ‘Diya’. We purchased different types of crackers for each age-groups and made it sure that the sounds of crackers are not disturbing our neighbors.
Kids got their new set of clothes on 18th morning about which they were dreaming for the past few weeks. They were enthusiastic since the parcel came from Chennai. They took an oil bath, wore the new clothes and came out like beautiful butterflies. Then we all sat for a delicious special breakfast along with the children. It was followed by cultural events and programs like drama, group song, dance etc. The programs took around 1 hour to finish and then the kids went home with their sweets packet provided by Srikrishna Sweets, Chennai. We could arrange all this for our kids only because of your benevolent contributions through Milaap, Sevamela etc.
To talk about the other events during this month, we took our kids to the nearby Primary Health Center for a medical checkup in the first week itself. Dengue has become a big menace in the state once the South West monsoon started in many parts of Tamil Nadu. We are yet to receive good and effective rains in this part even though we have made preparations in our farm for the Samba cultivation. However, we have taken enough precautions on our school campus to avoid the clogging of water. Simultaneously, the state government also conducted a dengue awareness camp in the school on 17th of this month. A team comprising of doctors and paramedical staff came and did check-ups on all kids who had a fever or any other symptoms. They distributed the herbal concoction drink as well as other allopathic medicines.
On the academic side, Block Resource Teacher Educators from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan came and gave training for our teachers in teaching the differently abled children. We get the textbooks for our children from the nearby government primary school. This year, we got the textbooks on time and our teachers distributed them. We also had the teachers meeting on the second Saturday as usual. During the meeting, our boy’s hostel warden, M Karthik, gave a book summary along with the monthly discussion on lesson plans. There are eight Vanavillers currently studying in the 10th Std. We were seriously following-up their academic performance as 10th is a crucial juncture in their academic life. A PTA meeting and house visit became necessary as we felt a disinterest from the part of few students and their parents. The meeting was conducted on 19th of October and the Managing Trustee, Revathi Radhakrishnan and two board members, Solai Raj and K Natarajan also attended the meeting along with our teachers.
PTA meeting at SellurDistribution of textbooks provided by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu