One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.” – Leo Tolstoy
Manav Rachna International School, Sec-51, Gurugram took an initiative to educate their children about the importance of taking care of Earth, by celebrating Earth Week through the “Heal the Earth, Heal our Future” Drive from April 16,2018 to April 20, 2018. Various activities were taken up during the week to sensitize students towards their role in addressing global environmental challenges. PLANET PALS began the week by enlightening their friends of Grades I-VII about the significance of Earth Day through power point presentations focusing on three R’s – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Students were involved in table mat making, bird feeder making, germination activity, creating kitchen garden, slogan writing, poster making, poem recitation, nature walk, bouncy earth, Earth Day fishing game, and recycled bag making activities. The highlights of the week were ‘The Giving Tree’ activity and ‘Eco-Show’.
The students brought reusable and recyclable materials (like old books/clothes/shoes etc) and kept under ‘The Giving Tree’ for poor and needy people. Excitement of wearing wonderful dresses created with reused and recycled material was easily observed on children’s face. They posed in style, gave beautiful messages of saving earth and enjoyed the ramp walk on rocking background music. Grade VI and VII did research work on various environmentalist and created wonderful projects using recycled material. Participation of Early Years is no less than anyone in the school. Teachers shared the age appropriate information to the students. Students learnt interesting songs on Earth Day.
The ‘Save Our Planet Drive’ by Nursery Students stole the heart of audience wherein they shared the message of saving earth through slogans, posters, role play etc. The whole week celebration was culminated with special assemblies by KG, Grade II and VII students.
The school gifted saplings to each child with the message ‘Plant a tree, Plant a life’. In this way, students were sensitized about the changes happening around and how they can contribute in their own little ways.