Date – 15th Aug 2012.
Place – Upper Primary School (UPS), Gowlidoddy.
~ 350 students of UPS, 10 teachers, School Board Members, 10 Move The Wheels volunteers
Pankhudi volunteers – Brinda, Mahendra, Pritam, Rajesh, Srikanth, Surendra
The 66th Independence day of our beloved motherland was celebrated with much fanfare at the Upper Primary School (UPS), Gowlidoddy. A rally through the nearby slum marked the beginning of the day. The air was filled with patriotic slogans by ~80 participating kids.
The tricolor was hoisted by the Principal of the school. Our National Anthem followed.
Later 3 students from different classes rendered speeches on the topic which the audience received very well. On the suggestion of the Principal, parents were asked to come up on stage to share their observations about the progress in their child’s academics and overall personality and were asked to suggest any improvements. Though initially hesitant, handful of parents have shared their opinions and overall they seemed to be very happy with the efforts put in by the School staff along with Pankhudi and MTW foundation and also there was a special mention about the Pankhudi volunteers.
There was a dance performance of class 4 students for a folk medley which was followed by the Kuchipudi (Traditional dance form of Andhra) performance. Girls from different classes showcased their Kuchipudi talent by showing basic mudras with grace and fluid movements in sync with the instructions of their Guru. Then came the performance of the boys in Taekwondo which the audience thoroughly enjoyed by cheering and clapping. Boys from different classes displayed their talent in this martial art through their meticulous moves and kicking techniques with the instructions of the master. It was easily the event of the morning which got huge appreciation from the students and parents as well.
Most anticipated event of the day – ‘price distribution ceremony’ followed. Representing Pankhudi – Brinda and Surendra went on stage along with Principal and distributed medals and trophies to the winners of team events i.e Cricket and Kho Kho. A Cup and a Shield were given to the winning teams respectively and medals to all the team members. The prizes for the remaining events – Three leg race, Relay and Dodge ball – were given away in their respective classes by their class teachers and Pankhudi voluneteers. MTW with Synopsis, have distributed bags and geometry box kits to all the students, marking the end to the days proceedings.
Photos of the event are available here – https://picasaweb.google.com/pankhudi.pictures/PankhudiHyderabadIndependenceDayInUPS2012?authuser=0&feat=directlink