Udupi: The students of St. Mary’s English Medium School Kannarpady visited orphanages, old age homes and rehabilitation centers for the mentally challenged as a part of their Community Outreach Programme on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti celebrations.
Six different groups of students under the leadership of coordinators from the teaching staff visited Spandana Special School, Nejar; Manasa Special School, Pamboor; Krishnanugraha Child Adoption Centre, Nittur; Goratti Sandhya Dhama Old Age Home, Kallianpur; Spoorthy Dhama, Koteshwara; Karunalaya Old Age Home and Omega Old Age Home Brahmavar.
Clothes, groceries, snacks and fruits were distributed by the students to the less privileged during the visit. The programme is intended to create a sense of social responsibility among school students so that they are sensitized towards the apathetic conditions of the less privileged and specially abled. Around 300 students spent their valuable time in the ashrams and special schools and meaningfully observed Gandhi Jayanti by mingling along with ashram inmates and performing short entertainment programmes for them.
Practicing Gandhian principles through social service and being the cause of a smile on the faces of orphans, senior citizens and differently abled was really a great experience for the students. The programme was organized under the guidance of the Correspondent of the school Fr Fred Mascarenhas and coordinated by Myrtle L F Lewis the Principal of the school.