Children can teach adults a lesson or two. Committed to social welfare, over 100 MET Rishikul Vidyalaya students of std III to VI, along with 25 staff and 6 leading environmentalists set off for the ‘Clean the Juhu Beach’ drive on September 11, 2009, leaving everyone an example to follow. The school also tied up with a recycling centre at Mahim, Mumbai to make sure that all the plastic collected was recycled. Civic authorities’ permission and cooperation added to the students’ enthusiasm. Children worked in groups of 5 along with their teachers. The outcome was very encouraging, at the end of the exercise the children had collected 20 gunny bagsfull of plastics which were sent to the recycling unit.
“Mumbai with a long coastline and many beaches witnesses thousands thronging towards the beach. For few it is a time to communicate with nature, for some picnic spots where they carry articles like food stuff, games, plastics etc. Vendors also set up stalls and dump the wastage there itself. Everybody comes, enjoys and goes back but leaves behind the garbage that damages environment and sea. Every morning, we find paper, plastic wrappers, milk bags, etc strewn around adding to the woes of the environment. In order to bring awareness towards sea pollution among the students and also help them inculcate the value of teamwork we decided to take up this drive” said Principal – MRV.
The young generation of socially sensitive citizens returned to school with a big smile that resulted from the satisfaction of having made a contribution towards ‘Save the environment. Keep it up!