“The natural world is the greatest source of excitement, the greatest source of visual beauty and the intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
“The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth. With this thought in mind, Earth week was celebrated with lot of zeal, through myriad of educational and fun activities by the students of Early years and Primary department of MRIS-14 from 16th April to 20th April, 2018. They were sensitized with the importance of saving plants, water and electricity. They were also acquainted with their responsibility and contribution towards creating a better world to live.
Trees are our closest relatives. What they exhale, we inhale; what we exhale, they inhale and keep our lives going. They also help in reducing pollution. To ensure that we all understand the importance of plants the week began with a ‘Plantation Drive’, wherein the students enjoyed visiting a nearby park where they sowed seeds in the soil. All the students were very enthusiastic and thoroughly enjoyed the sowing process, even though they all got little wet and muddy- they loved it! This plantation drive event connected the students to the nature. Planning and creating the theme garden beds was one of the most enjoyable and experiential fun activity for them.
Students of different grades were encouraged to create various Best out of waste craft, like multipurpose stand out of waste plastic bottles, feed me Trash box using shoe box, paper bag out of newspaper, resplendent tote bags out of old T-shirt and Table organizer box. Apart from the guided craft activity the students of Grade 4 and 5 were also given freedom to create anything useful reusing waste materials. The outcome of this activity was very impressive as students came out with spectacular ideas.
The facilitators even conducted certain educative pollution experiments to show different types of pollution, to apprise them with the effects of pollution on our health and to make them understand how important it is to stop pollution. The students were astounded to know about the difference between the yellow flame and blue flame, and how they contribute to air pollution.
Teachers shared various videos on 3Rs, Composting and Save earth with the children and encouraged them to share their thought as well on the topic- My Role as Planet Saver.
The students were acquainted with the concept of Composting i.e. giving back to nature and were asked to get the kitchen waste from home which they added to the pit created in the school garden. They were told to create such compost pit in their kitchen garden as well and contribute their bit.
On the other hand, our Early Years, Grade II and III children were also involved in fun filled activity, wherein students created beautiful reminder tags and holders with an informative slogan on each, like – switch me off, unplug me, turn the tap off, fix a leak etc.
The children enjoyed watching the Tale of Amazon Forest- ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ followed by Predator- Prey Stimulation Game through which the concept of Food chain was explained to the students and were made to understand that each organism in the chain is important so we should not kill the animals and cut trees as this can disturb the ecological balance.
Last but not the least the students attempted a Cleanliness drive. They helped tidy their classrooms and corridors. They picked up the trash all around, making the surroundings neat and clean. By doing this, they were also acquainted with a message that – Cleanliness is not the responsibility of one but it is the responsibility of each and every individual living in the home, society, community and country. They also took a Cleanliness Oath- ‘We should never do dirty and never see anyone doing dirty’.
The Earth Week was culminated through a stupendous assembly, wherein the students presented a melodious song and a dance drama which conveyed that we should reduce cutting trees and plant more and more trees to save our planet earth from global warming.