The birth anniversary of Thiru K Kamaraj, popularly known as ‘Students’ Day’, was celebrated by carrying out a special program in which the students prepared seed balls.
Objective: To create an awareness about trees and their role in the environment—shelter for birds, carbon sinks, regulators of ground water table, etc.—amongst the students. The celebration was also aimed at sensitizing the students about local trees in the surroundings and the benefits of afforestation.
Process: The students from grades 6 to 8 were involved in the activity. Small balls of earth were made by rolling a mixture of manure, clay, and water. A couple of seed were kept inside the ball as well. Seeds of Jamun, Neem, Peepal, and Pungai were selected because of the shade that those trees would provide once they are fully grown. These seed balls were dried in the sun for a week before being scattered across the school surroundings and the nearby Nallavadu Lake.
Learnings: The students enjoyed working with clay. They were very excited to make seedballs and compost, and they also partook in preparing the soil for cultivation. The students were able to observe their surroundings and learn about the different local trees.
Way forward: The studnets should be encouraged to monitor and maintain the growth of the plants around the area by making regular observations and visits. We also would like to involve the community in similar activities in the coming future.
Teacher: Aruljyothi, GMS Nallavadu
Term: Term 3