Although schools across the country have been closed down amid the pandemic, a bunch of children from a Tamil Nadu school are going back for a noble cause — to water the saplings they planted.
T Kalathur Government High School in Perambalur has 164 students and 12 teachers, reported The New Indian Express. 29-year-old English teacher B Pugazhendhi in 2019 began educating students on the need to protect nature. To initiate a plantation drive, he distributed saplings among the students. His goal was to turn the school into a green campus.
He urged the students to set up fences and write their names on it as that would keep them motivated.
When the schools shut down amid the pandemic, the school children were worried that their saplings would die. They therefore started going to school to water the saplings daily.
B Bharathipriya, a Class X student, said, “My house is near the school and to get some relaxation I come here daily and water the saplings I planted. Even after the school was closed, I watered them without fail. When I finish schooling, I will hand over the responsibility to my juniors.”
Pugazhendhi said, “During the lockdown, I created a WhatsApp group to coordinate with the students. They came in batches to water the saplings. Alumni offered vessels for the purpose.” Thanking headmistress J Shoba for extending her support, he said that he took up the initiative to increase the green cover as people were suffering without rain due to lack of trees.
Talking about the students’ enthusiasm, Shoba said, “It shows their interest and love for nature. Students wore masks and maintained physical distancing during the process.”
The country is losing its green cover every day. It is incredible that these children have taken it upon themselves to create a change even as the world is battling a pandemic.