Daan Utsav - Interact Club participated in ‘Daan Utsav’ under the campaign ‘Dil ki Suno, Kuch Karo’ organized by Goonj. We are glad to inform that with the active participation of students and wholehearted contribution of parents and guardians, around 206 kg Rice, 115 Kg Daal and 58 Kg Sugar and Packets of Spices were collected. Today student members of Interact Club from classes 5 to 8 visited Goonj Head Office, Sarita Vihar to hand over the collected articles. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all their parents for their contribution.
Celebration of International Day of Older Persons - Student members of the Interact Club, Pragyan School visited an Old Age Home, Guru Vishram Vriddh Ashram in New Delhi on October 1, 2019 to celebrate International Day of Older Persons. The students were given a tour of the ashram, which included an ICU department where the people in critical conditions are taken care of by doctors and the medical staff. There was a physiotherapy room where daily checkups and treatments are conducted. It was a well-maintained hall where the helpless elderly citizens rescued from the streets are given a safe and comfortable place to stay in. The interactors interacted with elderly persons and heard their life stories. The students started singing and dancing as well, which brought smiles to many of the old people faces. It lit up the ambience of the room and was a good and welcomed change for the old people otherwise routine days. The elders expressed how they enjoyed the student’s presence and it was equally rewarding for the sudents. Biscuits, Juice Packs and Fruits were distributed among them, which was a good bonding experience. Overall, the experience was truly eye opening and highlighted the importance of respecting and taking care of our elders as we grow up and become busy adults. Hopefully, this small step taken by our school motivates people around us to do the same and build a better and loving community for the elderly.
Visit to Noida Deaf Society (Interaction and Distribution of Biscuits) - The Interact Club, Pragyan School, Greater Noida, endeavors to prepare the student members to face the realities of life to enable them to make them more aware of their surroundings and also develop a healthy attitude to life in general.To achieve this objective, we plan visit to different institutions which are quite different from the familiar school environment. The Club visited the Noida Deaf Society on September 27, 2019. The Society conducts classes from Nursery to Class 5 and provide education to about 80 students. They also provide vocational training to deaf persons (above eighteen years) which help them in preparing them for gainful employment.Here our student members were given a lesson on sign language. The students enjoyed the session. Later our students interacted with the deaf students and distributed packets of biscuits to them. There is famous quotation on deaf. NyleDiMarcosaid: “We have our own culture, our own community. A lot of people don’t realize that. They just assume that deaf people are very unfortunate, very disabled, but no.” We realized how true these words are after visiting one such community.
Adult Literacy Programme - One of the objectives of the Interact Club, Pragyan School is to involve the student members to participate in usefully productive work to be confident, compassionate and helpful. We also strive to develop the students in such a way that they can seamlessly merge in the society and become aware of social realities. To achieve such aim, we have started ‘Each One Teach One Programme’. The aim of this programme is to help the partly literate and less privileged members of the society to learn whatever they can from the student members. We started the programme on Wednesday, the 18th September, 2019 with our Group D employees as adult students. The interactors who became the teachers were full of enthusiasm and all the employees who became students were also eager to learn.We propose to continue the activity for the full academic year of 2019-2020.
Installation Ceremony - On August 22, 2019, the Annual Installation Ceremony of the Interact Club of Pragyan School, was held in the school auditorium. Badges were awarded to selected members and office bearers. AshmiKatiyar was given the badge of President of Interact club. The President of Rotary club, Green Greater Noida, Rt.K.K. Sharmaand other Rotarians, attended the ceremony. The ceremony commenced with the welcoming of the guests. A small cultural presentation of instrumental music, Qawalli and Krishna dance commenced the function. The student President AshmiKatiyar read out the annual report of the work done by the club till date. The badges were graciously pinned to the student members by Members of the Rotary club and Principal ma’am. President Rtn. K.K.Sharmapraised the students for their good efforts. The school Principal, Ms. Ruchika Sharma, thanked all the Rotarians for sparing their valuable time for the occasion.
Clothes Distribution Drive - It is rightly said that, ‘Peace, like charity, begins at home’ and helping others brings happiness in your life. In order to attained this true happiness and peace, the INTERACT CLUB of Pragyan School had conducted clothes driveand distributed clothes to the supportive staff of the school for their kids.
Toys Distribution Drive - Our lives are richer when we share, and that great inner joy comes from helping others to better their lives. To instill this learning for lifetime the Interact Club of Pragyan School, Greater Noidaorganized a visit to a nearby slum on August 14, 2019. The students shared their toys with the local kids and learned to appreciate their bestowed blessings.
Surplus Food Management (July 2019) - When it comes to making big changes small steps are everything. To bring a change in our community we need to respond with positive actions and, not words. Hence, in the same context Interact Club of Pragyan School is running a Permanent project to manage the surplus food in school. The school is also associated with the Robin Hood Army. The members of the Interact Club regularly distribute the leftover food to the unprivileged people from the poorest slum communities. Committed to our common civic responsibility, we keep an active check on the wastage of food.
Diamond Club Award - It is with great pleasure, we, the members of the Interact Club, proudly announce that our continued effort to bring a ray of sunshine in the lives of less privileged sections of the society has gained recognition and been appreciated by the Rotary Club of Ghaziabad.
In a Thanks Giving Ceremony held at Hotel Radisson Blu on the afternoon of June 28, 2018, the Rotary Club of Ghaziabad has given us the Diamond Club award for our work during the previous year.
We have accepted the award with deep humility. We understand that this award truly belongs to the student members of the Interact Club for their untiring efforts and parents, teachers and our respected Principal Madam for their continued cooperation and guidance in our efforts.
Awareness Drive on Road Safety by Pragyan School, Greater Noida
On 8th May 2019, Pragyan School’s Interact Club students along with members of Rotary Club, Green Greater Noida organized an awareness drive on road safety. First, the students and Rotarians went to the busy round about near Jagat Farm Market, Sector Gamma, with placards to raise awareness among the pedestrians and drivers of vehicles. They, with the help of traffic police personnel stopped people driving from the wrong side and guided them how their small mistake can end up in major accidents.
Later, on returning from the awareness campaign, the Sub Inspector of Traffic Police, Shri Rakesh Kumar along with Shri Balbir Singh, through a very interactive and interesting session made the children aware about the reasons of road accidents in India and how they can be curtailed. They reiterated that India, which unfortunately ranks no. 1 in the world in terms of no. of deaths due to road accidents, needs such campaigns regularly. The Rotarians applauded the efforts of the school’s Interact Club and School Principal Ms. Ruchika Sharma in always coming forward as torchbearers for society and doing commendable work for the society and nation. The programme ended with everyone taking a pledge to follow all traffic rules and making our roads safer.
Books Donation Drive
Interact club has never left any stoneunturned in doing well for the society and helping the needy. Education is the basic requirement for the upliftment of society. On 15th March, 2019, student members of Interact club along with a teacher distributed approximately 150 books of English, Hindi, Maths and Value Education, notebooks along with50 packets of stationery to under privileged children staying in the slums around Gautam Buddha University area with the help of an NGO-Robin Hood Army.
Surplus Food Distribution
The Interact club of Pragyan School is doing its best by sending the surplus food to needy children with the help of Robin Hood Army (RHA). In the last 3 weeks around 170 under privileged children were fed out of surplus food cooked in the School's kitchen under the Surplus Food Management Project.
Blood Donation Camp
The Blood Donation camp was organized by the Interact Club of the school with the active participation and encouragement of the Rotary Club, Green Greater Noida. Sixty donors voluntarily donated blood of various groups, which will come as a boon to meet the urgent needs of many patients. This contribution of parents, guardians and spirited citizens made the blood donation camp a great success
On January 29, 2019, the student members of Interact Club, Pragyan School, paid respect to the January born teachers by wishing them and giving them birthday greeting cards, prepared by the students. Thus, they reaffirmed the age-old dictum of Taittiriya Upanishad-
मातृ देवो भव , पितृ देवो भव , आचार्य देवो भव
Through this laudable event the student members paid their gratitude to their teachers whom they respect and love and this has also brought to light the ethical values imbibed by our students and the event have strengthened the teacher-student bond further.
Participation in RYLA
Interact Club, Pragyan School, announces with pleasure, the participation of our student members in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards(RYLA) 2019, held on 18th, 19th and 20th January 2019 at G.L.Bajaj Institute of Technology and Management, Greater Noida.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the world. It aims:
- To provide an effective training experience for youth and potential leaders.
- To build communication and problem-solving skills.
- To exchange information and ideas for effective functioning.
- To enhance fellowship and friendship among youths creating opportunities for collaborative action.
It was three-day fun-filled journey with events like sports, leadership sessions, cultural nights and conference with renowned speakers.
The Interact Club proudly announces that student memberMrityunjay of Class 9B bagged second position in athletics and Anishka of Class 9A bagged first position in escape game. We are happy that participation in these activities are helping our students to develop their leadership skill in an enjoyable environment.
Collection and Distribution of Basic First Aid Items
On December 19, 2018 student members of Interact Club, Pragyan School went to distribute basic first aid items whole heartedly to the unfortunate and needy sections of the society who remains unaware of such basic amenities. The students of interact club, Pragyan School also spread awareness among them and talked about basic hygiene and cleanliness.
Celebrated Interact Week(November 1, 2018 to November 6, 2018)
Interact Club of Pragyan School celebrated “Interact Week” in the first week of November. Various activities were conducted during the entire week.
Invited Adarsh Public School
On November 1, 2018, the Interact Club of Pragyan School invited Rotary Adarsh Public School (a school for underprivileged children run by Rotary Club, Green Greater Noida). Around 48 students along with their teachers and members of Rotary Club visited our school. To make their day special cultural performances were organized. Students of interact club distributed woolen clothes and sweets to them.
Visit to Sai Akshardham School
On November 2, 2018 student members of Interact Club, Pragyan School went to “Sai Akshardham” school (a school forunderprivileged) and distributed drawing books, crayons and sweets. The students of Sai School were happy with the visit and appreciated the gifts given to them as token of love.
Fund Raising Activity
On November 3 and November 4, 2018, the student members of Interact Club, Pragyan School, conducted a fund raising activity to help the underprivileged by providing them the things of necessity. The students prepared different items like Name Plates, Envelopes, Table Mats and decorated Diyas and Bottles, sold these items in Engineers Park, Assotech and Silver City societies, and collected a handsome amount of money.
Distribution of Food and Blankets
On November 5, 2018 student members of Interact Club, Pragyan School went to distribute food to the under privileged children residing in the slums surrounding Gautam Buddha University area. The students of Pragyan School served dal and rice to the children and distributed blankets to the people staying in those slums giving warmth to them both physically and emotionally.
Appreciated Ancillary Staff
On November 6, 2018 student members of the Interact Club, Pragyan School acknowledged the irreplaceable service given to us all by our support staff at a special assembly. They praised them for their services from the start of the day to the end. They were reminded that we are all part of the Pragyan family working towards the same goal of betterment for the school. A special sweet was prepared for them. Students took pride in serving them on the day.
CORNERSTONE INDIA FOUNDATION
On November 22, 2018 student members of the Interact Club, Pragyan School went to Greater Noida stadium and participated as volunteers for ‘PRAYATAN EK KOSHISH’, a Sports Meet organized for differently abled children by “CornerStone India Foundation”, an NGO working to bring awareness in society for complete inclusion of children with special needs into the mainstream.
The interactors helped them in setting up of various activities like drawing, tug of war, race and other activities. They cheered those children during the events and helped them to complete their task.
Aman Saini, student of class 11 got the “Best Volunteer Award” for his active participation. It was indeed a wonderful experience for all the interactors.
On October 11, 2018 twenty two students of the Interact club of Pragyan School, Greater Noida visited G.L. Bajaj Institute of Management and Research, G.Noida to attend the District Interact Leadership Assembly conducted by Rotary District Organization. It was the annual investiture ceremony of the District Interact Team. The District Governor of Rotary District 3012 and other Rotary members addressed the audience with their inspirational words.
Mr. Suresh Srinivasan, the guest speaker made students learn a lot through his motivational talk. The students of Pragyan School also presented aFolk Dance-GarbaDandiya. It was a wonderful exposure for the students of Interact club. They were inspired to do selfless service for the society and understood that happiness is the key to success.
Leftover Food Management (Cont.)
In continuation to the project “Leftover Food Management“ undertaken by the Interact Club, Pragyan School in association with Robin Hood Army(RHA), food distribution drives were conducted last week i.e. from October 8 to October 13, 2018. Areas of Tughalpur village, GBU cluster and Aicher village were covered during the drive and served around 180 people.
Visit to SaiAkshardham School
Some members of the Junior Interact Club of Pragyan School got the opportunity to visit “SaiAkshardham School” on September 28, 2018. Students of Pragyan School were welcomed with a song by the students of SaiAkshardhamSchool.
Students of Pragyan School, recited poems and songs and also narrated stories which were followed by the distribution of toffees and biscuits TeacherIncharge, Ms. Palavi Gupta gave an inspirational speech on ‘never give up’. Students played games with them like Chess &Ludo. Some members of our club also helped the children with basic operations of Maths.
During our visit we always tries to make the children happy in one or the other way. The childrenalso made a beautiful ‘THANK YOU’ card for students of Pragyan School. It was indeed a learning experience for the students.
Preparation of Get Well Soon Cards
Medicine and care helps a person to recover from illness. To make a patient happy by giving that patient hope, speeds up the process of recovery. With this spirit, our Interact Club student members put hearty efforts to make “Get well soon”cards. The students will personally gift these cards by visiting them in the hospital(s).
Visit to Goonj Processing Center
The response to our plea was over-whelming and we collected material in good quantity. A heartfelt gratitude to all the parents and staff members for their contribution in this noble endeavor. On August 31, 2018 student members of the Interact Club of Pragyan School have delivered the collected articles to the Goonj Processing Center for further distribution in Kerala. The parents have donated packets of Dal, Rice, Suji, Sugar, Clothes, Tea, Biscuits, Toiletries, Slippers, and Bags etc. The articles, which are purchased with the money collected from the Principal, teachers, staff members of the administration are: Electric Wire (180 m), Extension Boards (7), Ropes (24), Tools- Hammers (20 pcs), Nails (3 kg), Cleaning Material- Mops (95), Buckets (30), Mugs (96), Soaps (388) and Washing Powder (25 kg), Dish Wash Soap (100), Toilet Cleaner (14), Savlon (40), Cotton Rolls (40) and Scrubbers (48). At Goonj Center students were explained as to how the material donated by us is channelized as a resource for development in rural and remote areas. Students had an interactive session with the team members of Goonj and put queries related to working of Goonj in case of natural disasters. It was a good learning experience for the students.
OnAugust 30, 2018, the Annual installation ceremony of the Interact Club was held in the school auditorium. Badges were awarded to selected members and office bearers. BhavKushwahawas given the badge of President of Interact club. The President of Rotary club, Green Greater Noida, Rt.VinodKasana and other Rotarians, attended the ceremony. The ceremony commenced with the welcoming of the guests who were presented with saplings. A small cultural presentation of a patriotic song and a Rajasthani dance commenced the function. The student President BhavKushwaha read out the annual report of the work done by the club till date. The badges were graciously pinned to the student members by Members of the Rotary club and Principal ma’am. Rt. Saurabh Bansal praised the students for their good efforts. He also motivated them to carry on the legacy of the Interact Club with full devotion and dedication by helping the needy and underprivileged. The school Principal, Ms. RuchikaSharma, thanked all the Rotarians for sparing their valuable time for the occasion. She also expressed her gratitude to all the parents present for the ceremony, and highlighted the efforts of the school in nurturing a warm vibrant heart in every student.
Visit to Cheshire Home
On 29th August, 2018 students of Interact Club, Pragyan School along with a teacher MsSeema Sharma visited Cheshire Home, New Delhi, a centre for disabled people including men, women and children. They donated biscuits, snacks, juices and fruits collected in the school. They interacted with them and felt their pain and despair. Children presented prayer, song, instrumental music, dance etc. and tried their best to bring smiles to their faces.
Visit to Old Age Home
The Interact Club, Pragyan School, Greater Noida, always tries to expose our students to the realities of life to broaden their outlook and develop human values and empathy for others. Keeping that goal in mind, various activities are undertaken from time to time. One of such activity was visiting “Guru VishramVridh Ashram” located at Kalkaji, New Delhi on August 28,2018. There we met the senior citizens, who are residing there, and are being taken good care of by the Ashram. Our student members were overwhelmed by the poignancy of the situation to see the deep sorrow borne by these senior citizens, who are compelled to live in a Vridh Ashram at an age when they look forward to spend the twilight days of their lives, surrounded by their near and dear ones. Our interaction with the inmates started with a short prayer, followed by a group song and then the students served each of them a gift pack containing juice, biscuit etc. The inmates shared with us the valuable experience of their lives. We are very happy to announce that presence of our student members brought immense cheer to the inmates and our students, in turn, learnt the importance of old members of our family in our lives.
Collection Drive for Kerala
In the aftermath of the devastating and indescribable misery that fell upon the hapless people of Kerala due to unprecedented and record-breaking flood, the Interact Club, Pragyan School, immediately sprang into activity to make a significant and tangible action plan. The club immediately made a fervent appeal to the parents, teachers and members of the administrative staff to generously donate the following: Materials- Toiletries, utensils, buckets, mugs, towel, sanitary napkin, new undergarments, diapers, basic medicine (Crocin, Perinorm, Allegra, Ibugesic, Cotton rolls etc.) Dry Ration- Rice, Pulses, Spices, rava, tea leaves, sugar and coconut oil.
Interact Club, Pragyan School, Greater Noida, has launched the noble activity of “Each one Teach one”.On July 30, interactors got the chance to become teacher, to teach one of the group D employees of the school. All the students who became the teachers were full of enthusiasm and all the employees who became students were amused but eager. The experience became beneficial for both- the employees were happy to learn something new and the students experienced the perspective of teacher in the teaching-learning process. The activity shall continue for the full academic year of 2018-2019.
Participation in Marathon
On 29 July, 2018 The Rotary District Organisation, Rotary International District 3012 has organised a Marathon in association with Delhi University Students Union. The theme selected for this event was “Run for fitness.” A team of 8 students and 3 teachers on behalf of Interact club, from Pragyan School, Greater Noida participated in this mega event with full enthusiasm and zeal. The race began from Arts Faculty; North Campus covering a distance of 5 Km. Certificates of participation was awarded to the students.
Collection Drive of Goodies
Interact Club, Pragyan School, and Greater Noida, always strives to have seamless interaction with the economically and socially disadvantaged sections of the society in order to be able to help and support, in any way it can, the members of such sections. To that end, we undertake some activities from time to time at regular intervals. The activity taken up in the month of July, 2018 is to arrange a visit to the “Guru VishramVridh Ashram” located at Kalkaji, New Delhi. The purpose is to meet the senior citizens numbering 108, who are residing there. We ardently hope that visit of our young students shall bring much cheer to these senior citizens, who are staying from their near and dear ones, due to compelling reasons, beyond their control. We plan to give them gifts of:
- Namkeen (aaloobhujia).
- Sugar-free or salted biscuits.
We are very happy to announce that we have been able to gather a reasonable amount of these items due to generosity of our parents and active co-operation of faculty members and other members of the staff.
Collection Drive of Raw Food
The Interact Club of Pragyan School always tries to improve the minds of the student members through social awareness. This is done by actively engaging them in constructive work programmes. One such programme is sharing food with less privileged children of different neighborhoods of Greater Noida. The interactors went around the school, informing the students about the collection drive and persuading them to donate raw dal and rice. We sought the indulgence of the parents and guardians of our students, who generously contributed dal and rice. The raw food was later cooked and distributed to underprivileged.
Leftover food management
Pragyan has now adopted a social welfare programme wherein the left-over food of the school is being distributed among the ones who for some reason or the other can afford just one meal a day themselves. We believe that in this earnest endeavor of ours we inculcate in our children qualities of responsibility, sharing and help to the needy. The school has clubbed with Robin Hood Army (RHA) a prestigious organization, which undertakes this virtuous deed not just in India but even in other parts of the world.
Book Collection Drive
The Interact Club of Pragyan School Greater Noida tries to instill in the budding minds of our young students the pressing need to preserve our forests. We emphasize the need to avoid wastage of paper by proper utilization of previous year’s books by donating those books to people who need such books. For this noble cause we launched a collection drive for books in the school. The interactors went around the school, informing the teachers about the collection drive and persuading them to donate book(s) voluntarily. The drive was highly successful and 200 books were collected by our students. We were also motivated by the plea for this drive made by the Rotary Club of Ghaziabad, to whom these books were handed over. This was a very pleasant experience for our students who were enthusiastic about this drive. We have been doing this collection every year and this has been possible due to whole hearted cooperation of parents and teachers. We look forward to their continued cooperation in future.
Visit to an Orphanage
On May 10, students of the Interact club along with Ms. Palaviwent to UdayanGhar. There are around 36 girls in UdayanGhar. The students talked to many senior girls and their in charges of various activities and got to know very interesting things about stitching and embroidery, craft and many more. Interactors donated clothes and stationary items to the girls residing there. It was an enriching experience for all of them.
Visit to Noida Deaf Society (NDS)
On May 7, students of Interact Club along with Ms. Mahashwetavisited Noida Deaf Society (NDS), Sector 117, Noida. It is a primary school that teaches kids who are deaf. They took part in an interactive session, distributed biscuits to the primary school students and learnt the Indian sign language for alphabets, numbers, days of the week and for months. They even had a conversation with the students of NDS using the sign language. Later in the day, students also shared their experience and learning with their teachers and fellow classmates. It was an enriching experience for all of them.
Visit to Surajpur
The Interact Club of Pragyan School always tries to instil feelings of empathy and sympathy in the minds of young students to enable them to seamlessly adjust with the outside world, which is beyond the protective confines of the school. To that end, the student members of the club get acquainted with the less privileged sections of the society from time to time. On May 1, the student members of Interact Club along with MsMonaBatra, arranged a novel lunch meet with the children of economically weaker sections of the neighborhood of Surajpur. Raw food items were collected food was cooked and was shared with those children.