Thursday, August 22, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

LONAVLA-MAHARASHTRA, AUGUST 21, 2013: Accompanied by the school flag, national flag and placards displaying peace and unity, and shouting slogans like 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Vande Mataram', the standard VI students of Don Bosco High School, Lonavla, marched towards the Lonavla Police Station on Tuesday 20 August, 2013, to celebrate the festival of 'Raksha Bandhan' with the local police officers. The idea was to felicitate the police officials by the symbolic 'Rakhi' for their tireless efforts at maintaining peace and stability as well as ensuring security of all people.

The school and college have taken the initiative to pay homage to our country during the month of August. To commemorate this, the students of standard VI took upon themselves the novel idea of visiting the local Police officials and expressing their gratitude to them. They decided to tie 'rakhis' to all the officers. The students, accompanied by Ms. Gauri Chimbalkar, Ms. Ujwala Thombre, Mr. Leeva Buthello and Bro. Bosco Carvalho, left for the police station at 10:00 a.m. At the first station, the group received a warm welcome. Mr. Santosh Patil, A.P.I. and Mr. Vaibhav Kalubarme, Division in-charge, were pleasantly surprised by the thoughtfulness of the school students and expressed their thankfulness to the Principal and teachers for the same.

After performing the ceremonial tying of 'rakhis', Mr. Patil addressed the students and urged them to listen to their teachers, study well and become successful in life. The group of students proceeded to the other police station in the town where they received a warm welcome. Mr. Vishnu Pawar, P.I. was taken aback with the gesture of the students. In his short speech, he requested the students to become good citizens and insisted on the need to be the ears, eyes of the society at all times. Ms. Chimbalkar thanked the entire team of police for giving them short yet sweet moments of interaction and also for all the arrangements done. She also assured hundred percent co-operation from the students in any endeavor. The assembly stood in attention for the singing of 'Vande Mataram', after which they dispersed.

The idea of celebrating 'Raksha Bandhan' with the 'Samaj Rakshaks' was the brainchild of Ms. Chimbalkar. She indeed deserves commendation for her thoughtfulness. Initiatives of such a nature help build bonds of unity among people as well as leaders.

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