This summer we started our Project - “Water ‘bout the Li’l ones?
‘Say no to Plastic Bottles this summer’ - by providing each child a flask that can retain the original temperature and quality of the water as it was bottled, the child will be able to sip at will - and stay hydrated through the 10 hour day of classroom study, and a host activities. Kids being as kids should be, they need to be fully charged and active throughout the day.
Our location experiences extremes of weather and hard water is an issue that our students face. While ROs and water-coolers have been placed at strategic locations, this does not translate to a healthy water drinking habit. Consequently, this results in dehydration and thus fatigue during a school day.
Bearing the harsh summer this year, the need of water content has increased. Thus these thermos flasks have made things much easier. All li’l ones now carry these bottles wherever they go. Sports, dance, and other club activities are carried out effortlessly as they keep rehydrating themselves during sessions. The habit has indeed been established to a good extent.
To bring the best out of this initiative, we made it mandatory for all children to carry their flasks on the Kedarnath-Badrinath trip organized by us during the summer break in June. 52 children and 6 teachers trekked and enjoyed the mountains of Uttarakhand for 11 days. The breath-taking panorama filled their hearts but one thing was bothersome - plastic bottles, wrappers, waste and so much more strewn all over. It was the time to act on this situation and we cleaned each spot that we went through. Cleaning different locations across a 30km span, brought tremendous joy and happiness to all of us. Keeping in mind – Say no to Plastic, the students picked up all the waste from Tungnath, Kedarnath, Vasudhara Summit, and Badrinath. It was fun to see onlookers participate and further the cleaning campaign, giving recognition to the need for such measures as the thermos flask activity proved to be.