My wife and I celebrated Independence Day by participating in the Flag Hoisting ceremony at Corporation School, Masakalipalayam,Coimbatore.This is a Government School and education is free - no fee, free books & stationary and free mid-day meals. The children who attend this school come from poor families - children of daily wage labor or construction site workers.
witnessed flag hoisting by the Chief Guest followed by various programs
by the children like speeches and poems on National Integration,
singing and dancing, fancy dress competitions etc.Winners of the various
competitions like chess, drawing & games ( conducted during the
run up to Independence Day) were given prizes. The teachers and staff
were also honored with gifts. Some of the prizes were sponsored by us. It was wonderful to participate and witness
the joy and happiness on the children's faces. The function concluded by
the singing of the National Anthem - Jana Gana Mana !
The Headmistress was delighted by our voluntary participation and our gesture to support the school activity. We have now decided to periodically visit the school and provide support in various forms - scholarships to bright students, free tuition & coaching for weak students, encourage more sports activity like badminton & carroms, provide financial help to students who wish to pursue college education etc.