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Arish Mudra Rakshasa, DLF Public School

Arish Mudra Rakshasa, Class 11  Ghaziabad, September 13, 2013
First Published: 00:41 IST(13/9/2013) | Last Updated: 00:42 IST(13/9/2013)

Ever since I stepped into DLF Public School, I find myself continuously re-looking at my role; from a "helpless beneficiary" of the society; to being a powerful contributor. During the Assembly on the first morning, my School Principal said "We are a school with a soul... where it is more important to be 'good' rather than just being 'Smart'. It set me thinking as to what my role can be as a stakeholder in society. And ever since then, the term "Student Social Responsibility (SSR)" has been an important part of my vocabulary.

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I fondly remember the day when I went out with my mother for buying goodies for my birthday.  I made it a point to buy gifts for the "Apney Bachche", a group of under-privileged students who are being given free education at our school.   We call it our DLFite way of saying 'thank you' to God!

Another unforgettable memory is that of meeting a little boy 'Monu' during our Cleanliness Drive in Sector 3 Market, Sahibabad, working at a tea stall, who we brought back to school. When we see him 'reading' today, we realize that we have indeed made a difference! During our SSR Forum , when one of us questioned about the future of the children of a Dhaulgiri construction site labour in our vicinity, our school took no time in adopting them. Now those 36 students visit our school premises every Saturday in order to avail learning facilities like Music, ICT, and Skating. It was heart warming to hold for them the "Wishing Tree" campaign on Christmas where they placed their wishes. Our parents played Santas, fulfilling their wishes; from Bicycles to toys. 

On Caregiver's Day, I received a wonderful opportunity to thank our school support staff.  I saw the power of the golden words "Thank you" and  realized that how silently they form the backbone of our school. I even witnessed developing of a beautiful bond of love between DLFites and their grandparents during the "Grandparents Day" as I captured merry smiles and celebrated their bond on the camera during catch-a-smile event.

Our Science teacher asked us to look around our environment and think of problems that concerned us, and "Science Month", gave birth to their solutions in form of innovative projects; acknowledged at prestigious international/national Science fairs. We even worked with Jalbiradari to clean Hindon River, Sahibabad.

Yet another cherished event of which I participated was the internationally held Tony Blair Faith Foundation's 'Where's The Net' Anti-Malaria Campaign;  we distributed mosquito nets to the underprivileged in village Ghevra, Delhi, educated students of the government schools about malaria; developed and spread awareness about easy-to-make mosquito repellents; our objective very clear- complete eradication of Malaria.

The very vision of my school to create caring, courageous, and concerned citizens of the world, for the world, keeps echoing in my heart and reminds me all the time that I am here to make a difference to the larger world around me!

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