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Community Outreach

Community Service, as the phrase entails, aims at inculcating a sense of kinship between the students and the community that surrounds them. An array of initiatives to incorporate community service experience into student’s school work at Hari Shree augments the overall development of the child. Service learning that integrates meaningful community service with classroom work allows children to connect academic studies with real life solutions while inspiring them to accept that they have the responsibility to give back to the community. With this ideal in mind, each class undertakes a project every academic year that allows them to interact with and do their bit to improve some aspect/area of life around them. The scope of the contribution largely depends on the age of the children. This age appropriate contribution may range from an awareness program for the children themselves, or a larger community, to a small-scale action plan for improvement. The scope of these programs may vary, but the program focuses on giving children ample time and opportunity to learn about the issue at hand. This is achieved by scheduling periodical slots to enable all the children in that grade to come together to work on a common goal.

Glimpses of community out reach projects – 2014-15:

Class V – “Swachh Bharat – The Hari Shree Drive” 

October 2, 2014

Mission Swachh Bharat of our PrimeMinister, Shri Narendra Modi, aspires to realise Gandhiji’s dream of a clean India through ‘Jan bagidari’ or ‘peoples participation’. The mission will aim ‘To create a clean India of Gandhiji’s dreams’ by the Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019. The class V students and teachers of Hari Shree were inspired by the Prime Minister’s speech and decided to do their bit towards this noble drive.

November 2014

All 90 students of class V took an oath

November 6, 2014

The children had a brainstorming session during which they discussed on ideas to keep the environment clean. They decided to first focus on keeping the school campus clean and then move on to keeping the community clean.

They listed down the areas they would focus on as part of their “Clean Hari Shree” drive:

  1. Class Room cleanliness
  2. Corridor maintenance
  3. Restrooms / Toilet Hygiene

November 8, 2014

Children worked out an action plan –

  1. Awareness campaign – They will use posters, announcements and assembly presentations to announce to the whole school that they have taken up this project.
  2. Monitoring Process – Children will divide themselves into groups and duties will be allocated for observation and monitoring.
  3. Checklist – This will be prepared as a tool for the monitoring process.
  4. Review – Periodic review dates will be scheduled to understand the observations recorded during the monitoring process.
  5. Solution – Chart out solutions to address the commonly noticed problems / challenges.
  6. Take Action
  7. Follow Up
  8. Spread the good will to other schools

November 11, 2014

There was an assembly presentation for classes V-XII, in which 12 students of class V shared their project proposal and plan of action with these students

November 18, 2014

There was an assembly presentation for classes V-XII, in which 5 students of class V presented their observations from the monitoring they had done the previous week and listed out the areas that needed to be addressed to ensure that Hari Shree maintains and enjoys a clean and litter free campus.

This was what they came up with -

  1. Food being spilt in the classrooms during lunch break
  2. Food being wasted and flushed in the toilets during lunch hours, leading to clogged drains
  3. Litter inside the classrooms
  4. Vandalism / graffiti on certain walls and on the green class room  tables

November 20, 2014

Children watch a TED talk

Class VI – SUPW – ‘Sports For All’

Class VI students engaged in a project with Sigappi Ramaswamy School and this project was submitted for Design For Change challenge 2014. For more details please visit http://www.harishree.org/design-for-change/
April 2014 – Camp Mistea, Kotagiri

SERVE UNBOUND, in association with Adventure India conducted its maiden Student Outreach Program at Camp Mistea, Kotagiri on April 25,26 & 27. This camp aimed at providing under-privileged students an opportunity to interact with experts in different fields and to expose them to various professional avenues and life choices. Students from our group schools in Karur participated in this program. Based on the experiential learning model, Serve Unbound was a unique blend of physical activity, skill building in art, creativity and team work. The students experienced living in tents and during the day time, engaged in various activities like rappelling, trekking, obstacle courses, story-telling, painting, theatrics, music etc.

Our Art teacher, Ms.Alamu Kumaresan facilitated the ART workshops in the camp. She says “The Serve Unbound Camp at Kothagiri gave an exposure of a variety of career opportunities to the students. They were ready to experience and experiment everything given to them. For the first time they learnt outdoor sketching and painted a huge canvas in a short time. Their energy level was really high throughout the sessions .I thank our management for giving me this opportunity. It was indeed a learning experience for me.”

Glimpses of community out reach projects -2013-14:

1. International Citizenship Fair!
Hari Shree students visited the street school and felt the need to improve the learning environment of the Eureka street school. The school was in need of sports equipment, reading material, stationery etc. Since it was a rural school there was a need for exposure with peer group from a city school. The people running the Eureka street school briefed Hari Shree about their needs. Our students interacted with the students of Eureka school and identified and listed their needs. Based on the above interactions Hari Shree students decided to act by raising funds and meet their needs.

Hari Shree students brainstormed many ideas for fund raisers and saw it come through:

  1. Car Wash – The students sacrificed their weekend time to wash cars in the neighbourhood and raised funds
  2. Lemonade and bake sale – Students put up a stall during school events and raised funds
  3. Citizenship Fair – Students from classes VI to X came together on 24th August 2013 as one community to have fun and raise funds. The events for the day included sale of “Art from waste” – made by students; “Kitchen Science” – sale of edibles and home remedies. Students entertained the visitors with a fashion show and debate on Fair Trade practices and presentations on global issues.

The students of Hari Shree were able to raise Rs.55,000/- which they planned on spending for the Eureka street school. As a first leg of the journey the Eureka street school children were invited to Hari Shree during the Joy of Giving week. The children spent a whole day interacting, learning and sharing. They went back with a bag full of goodies and sweet memories. The sports equipments, stationery and reading materials were handed over during this visit. As a next step Hari Shree students will visit the Eureka street school to continue this journey. They will also be actively participating in a Science Fair to be held at Eureka street school.

 


Std X with Eureka delegates

Std X hosts Interactive activities for Student delegates from Eureka School

Oct 9 was a day of much excitement and occurrence at HSV as the school witnessed a visit by student ambassadors from the Eureka school, Kalpakkam. In honour of the visit, some of the students of Std X conducted learning and recreational activities for the student delegates. The activities conducted over the day included hands- on learning activities in Math, Science, English and Music. Another group of host students also conducted games for the visitors and gave away prizes to the winners and participants.

The Eureka school is an NGO initiative at Kalpakkam and has interacted with HSV on earlier occasions over the recent years. On this occasion, the visiting students and teachers had been invited to Hari Shree  to receive the proceeds of the  grant collected by the Hari Shree children in their bid to reach out to the community.

 


Visit to Sigappi School

Nov 13, 2013: Some of the Std X students hosted a Cultural Program at Sigappi  Ramaswamy Primary School in   honour of Children’s Day. The program was showcased for Grade V children of Sigappi school.

The program included a musical rendition in which the singing troupe demonstrated the beat and invited the audience to a ‘clap in tune with the song’ activity. The children also put up a skit in Tamil. The finale of the day’s program was the tattoo stall in which the CHSV team pasted tattoos on the 80 children from Grade V.

The program was a part of the community service project that is an integral part of the curriculum at CHSV.


 

A glimpse into the community projects 2012-13:

INTERACT CLUB – REACHING OUT

Interact Club conducted a seminar for the class VI students of Ganapathy Iyer School, T.Nagar on ‘Around the World’. The club also visited a village school in Chinnambedu with the Rotary Club to understand their needs. The school is in a dilapidated condition and in need of urgent repair.  The club engaged in various fund raising events during HSV’s annual sports day and Dhanur Vaibhav.

 

PREFECTORIAL BOARD – PRAYAS AN EFFORT TO HELP THE NEEDY

Project Prayaas is a sincere effort of the prefects and mentor teachers of Hari Shree Vidyalayam, to start a business enterprise. The enterprise is a brainchild of the students of the school with regard to a business challenge put forth by an organisation of UK, “Teach A Man to Fish”. The students decided to name the enterprise as “ HSV Utsav”.

The name Utsav means celebration and very much true to its name, the enterprise deals with the celebrations we come across in life. The products intended to be made and sold under this enterprise are greeting cards and gift articles made of eco-friendly or recycled material. Students have come across a brilliant idea of creating greeting cards for all occasions, right from Birthday Greetings, Seasons’ Greetings to Patch-up cards or Thanksgiving cards.
The tag line of the enterprise is “lighting joy”. This is in tandem with the actual objective behind the business plan, that is to help the less-privileged with the profits acquired through the business.

The logo of the enterprise highlights factors of Indian tradition, joy and colours of celebrations and the idea of staying Eco-friendly.

The prefects have created a blog of their own, reflecting the activities of the enterprise. The URL of the blog is as follows-

Utsavlightingjoy.blogspot.in

The enterprise is proud to have earned a decent amount of monetary profit so far and is in the process of compiling the school’s year book that is due to be delivered by the end of February.

The members are working on a business proposal as they have registered for ‘ Business Challenge’ organized by ‘Teach a Man to Fish’.

CLASS VIII

MADARASAPATTINAM TO CHENNAI 

The glorious past of Chennai was recalled and an exhibition arranged. An awakening was evoked among the students to preserve our heritage during the ‘Madarasapattinam to Chennai’ project from the Rotary Club of Scions.

YOU IN ME – Global School Partnership project

The Global School Partnership with the Blackfen School, UK is an opportunity for our students to engage in meaningful research and dialogue with the partnering students on various global issues.

CLASS VII – CHILDREN FOR CHILDREN- STRIVE TO SHARE, HAVE A HEART TO CARE

The children identified a nearby Government school and found that their need was sports equipments and a library. The students are working on various ideas to fund this project, including approaching Corporates.

CLASS VI – BEST OUT OF WASTE – REUSE AND RECYCLE

The children made Ganesha idols out of waste materials and hosted a sale and the proceeds were given towards charity.

CLASS V – SAVE OUR HERITAGE

A sense of responsibility and awareness was instilled in the children about the need to save our heritage by taking various case studies.

 

CLASS IV – THANKSGIVING TO AYYAMAS AND ANNAS

A medical camp was conducted for the Ayammas and Annas  for their well being as a Thanks Giving for their dedicated work.

CLASS III – UNDERSTANDING & HANDLING VANDALISM

The children were involved in an awareness program on vandalism in schools, as they were taken through its cause and effects. They were then engaged in finding ways to tackle these issues and were encouraged to take positive resolutions.

 

CLASS II – CLEAN TOILETS

Model toilets were created in the school and children were oriented about good toilet habits.

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