Mangaluru, Jul 29: Vanamahotsava festival of tree planting is being organized every year in the first week of July across India where millions of trees are being planted. This celebration is an ideal opportunity to instill personal and social responsibility in the students towards safeguarding trees and forests. The focus of this celebration is towards forming a personal connect between the students and trees through a process of experience, reflection and creation.
To mark the festival of trees - Vanamahotsava, Carmel School students arranged a programme to highlight the day’s significance and tree plantation on July 27 at the school premises.
The president of the occasion was Shreedhar, forest range officer Mangaluru city. The chief guest Jeeth Roche, environmentalist, founder of Mangalore Green Brigade, Lavita D’Souza, Sr Sarika AC, the principal and Sr Lidwyn Pinto, the vice principal were present.
The programme began by invoking the blessings of God Almighty, thanking mother earth and giving importance to each tree. The students of class X A presented a skit spreading awareness on the need to conserve trees. They also performed a dance showing how to take care of mother earth. The chief guest brought out the importance of planting trees and how to take care of them. He urged the students to join hands along with their parents in planting a tree this academic year and to take care of it, so as to save the earth for the future generation.
The president appreciated the efforts of the school management and the students in organizing this very meaningful programme. He said that this programme created awareness on the importance of trees among the students and staff, portraying the need for planting more and more trees. He also urged them to participate in the 'Forest for Water' programme of the forest department.
An oath was taken by the students to plant more and more trees in the locality so as to save earth, save humanity. A plantation drive within the Carmel School premises was led by the principal along with Shridhar, Jeeth, Lavita D’Souza, teachers and the students of the eco club. Five saplings were then planted in the school grounds to spread the message of green earth. To mark the occasion and to create love for mother earth 33 sections of each class were presented with oxygen generating indoor plants and around 65 saplings were planted around the school premises. A competition has been organized wherein 200 saplings were distributed to the students interested in taking care of the saplings at their home. This competition will be assessed by Jeeth once in six months and the winners will be awarded the following year.
The programme was compered by the students Swarna Kamath and Melisha D’Souza.