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Catching ’em young for mission ‘green’

Rusheel Agarwal, a class 9 student of St. Francis De Sales, was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh for his environment- friendly project on electricity generation from hydraulic power.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2009 17:38 IST

Rusheel Agarwal, a class 9 student of St. Francis De Sales, was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh for his environment- friendly project on electricity generation from hydraulic power.

Rusheel got hands on training and guidance at Haritama, an eco-friendly club of the St Francis De Sales School.

The school takes pride in its ecofriendly club, Haritama.

Students are initiated into working on environment-friendly projects from as early as class 1.

The lush green campus of the school is just a reminder of its efforts.

A display board reminds everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle things.

“We started Haritama in 1997. And perhaps, we were the first school in Delhi to have a nature club,” said Father Melroy Almeida.

The eco club is recognised by the Delhi government’s Department of Environment. “The department also gives us grants to carry out our activities,” said Father Almeida.

The school encourages activities like tree plantation and distribution of free saplings.

It also has a paper-recycling unit. “We have activities like role plays, street plays and poster presentations to initiate students into these projects,” said Father Almeida

The school makes a conscious effort to encourage healthy eating habits.