Date – 15th Aug 2011.
Place – Upper Primary School (UPS), Gowlidoddy.
~ 350 students of UPS, 10 teachers, School Board Members, two Move The Wheels volunteers
Pankhudi volunteers – Atul, Brinda, Jyoti, Kranthi, Prasanna, Pritam, Ramesh, Satya, Srikanth, Surendra
One gets to experience what must have been the passion & love all our great freedom fihghters had for our motherland when you hear slogans like -”Maataram Maataram, Vande Maataram” & “Bharat Maata Ki …Jai” filling the air when ~ 400 Indians came together to celebrate the 65th Independence day of our beloved motherland.
The day started with a patriotic rally with buzzing slogans, banners & placards through the nearby slum with ~ 120 kids ensuring that the on goers stop & take a notice.
Back to the school, the Principal of the school hoisted the flag following which was our National Anthem. As the Principal stressed on the importance of patriotism along with education in shaping up the future of our nation, it brought back lot of good old school day memories to our minds.
What unfolded next kept us all mesmerized. An awesome display of cultural skills by the students, be it the songs, speech or dance, it was performed to perfection & was indeed a treat.
Filler patriotic slogans charged up the atmosphere. “Once more”, “once more” was used in most apt way, as couple of dance numbers were performed on popular demand.
President of the School Board, the chief guest of the day, inspired the kids by sharing his views on independence.
By far the most inspiring thoughts came from Mr. Srikanth, our beloved fellow Pankhudian, as he addressed the gathering. A self indulged oath to ensure that we will make our Independence count by being responsible citizens, was indeed a special one.
The much awaited prize distribution ceremony saw the winners of the previously conducted sports events viz. sack race, lemon & spoon, relay race, kabaddi winners taking their well deserved goodies. Move The Wheels (another NGO) also distributed prizes to the winners of painting competition conducted previously by them.
All the participants of the cultural programs were also handed over token of appreciation by the President of the school board, Chief Guest of the event, & other dignitaries. The Principal expressed his gratitude to all the participants & contributors as he delivered the vote of thanks. Group photos & few fun filled moments thereafter made the event a memorable one.
Distribution of chocolates along with other food items among all the kids & other participants ended the day on a sweet note.
A special word of gratitude for the efforts by Brinda, Devakee, Sudheer & Surendra.