The Headmistress and teachers of the Chennai High School located on Eldams Road hit upon a novel idea to enrol students in their school for the the new academic year.
They printed handbills highlighting the academic facilities on campus and set out to visit the neighbourhood colonies fringing the school, walking down alleys and into congested spaces.
A few teachers carried a plate of betel leaves and fruits as a traditional mark of welcoming and some handed over masks and sanitisers to the people they met.
Said a senior teacher who was part of this campaign, ” Our efforts have paid off and the strength of the school has increased from 307 to 405 students in the past few days.”
As many local area children hail from economically-backward sections of society and their parents are struggling to make ends meet during this pandemic time, the school teachers have made efforts to get NGOs involved in order to reach out to affected families.
And some charitable bodies have helped. Satya Sai Trust from Mylapore is one such – its members donated 360 bags of groceries.
The foodstuff bags are distributed to the students whose families are in dire straits.
– Report by Juliana Sridhar