To say that the kids love any excuse to celebrate would be an understatement. We had officially declared a holiday at the Education Centre on January 26th, but decided to organize a little event (and by “little” I mean “involving 250 kids and the entire teaching staff,” so maybe not so little after all) to celebrate Republic Day.
We took the opportunity to present small prizes (glitter pens) to the students with perfect attendance in the month of December, as well as larger gifts (very nice sets of 50 markers) to the students who had not been absent even once in the months of October, November and December. Nineteen students received marker sets, which, considering that the months in question coincided with cold and flu season, was not too shabby. My prediction is that attendance will improve even more after the attendance award ceremony – let’s see!
Activities included a coloring contest for the youngest kids (1st standard and below), a drawing contest for the kids in 2nd – 5th (pictured above), a “Great Leaders” essay writing contest for the kids in 6th and 7th, and a speech/public speaking activity for the students in standards 8 and up.
The nursery students also played an interesting game involving balloons tied to their ankles…not entirely sure of the rules, but they had a blast. They were also so, so excited about the flags + pinwheels.
Concurrently, in the Health Centre, we were running a pediatric check-up camp, compliments of Dr. Jaiswal, the lovely UNICEF pediatrician who comes to AIC every few weeks to check in on the Waghri and Sikligar kiddos.
We received a donation of baby/toddler toys + activity stations recently, which is turning out to be perfect for keeping the little ones busy and happy during our Health and Community Outreach activities.
And that was how we celebrated Republic Day here at AIC!