Freesia School Opening – March 2013
Freesia was inaugurated on the 2nd of March, 2013. The Chief Guest was Mr. BNS Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South East Bangalore, India. Present along with him were other important people related to the school’s opening – James Ambat, Founder of Building Blocks, India, Troy Swanson, Founder of the AlphaBet Club and the Rotary Club Bangalore Chapter.
Attendance and Nutrition
- No. of school days: 24
- No. of students enrolled: 82
- Average attendance:50
- Attendance in %:56%
- Total breakfasts served: 732
- Total lunches served: 650
- Total number of meals served this month: 1382
Freesia is sponsored by the AlphaBet Club, Rotary Club Amsterdam International and Wilde Ganzen. Rotary Club Amsterdam International and AlphaBet Club Charity hosted a Gala Formal Dinner Event called “Bangalorious Night” in October 2012 with funds going to this school launch. Wilde Ganzen Charity has partially matched funds for infrastructure costs for this project.
The objective of this school is to aid the children of the underprivileged, lower-income population of Chinnappa Garden slum in Bangalore. Providing free education and two free, wholesome meals a day for these children allows them to be educated in a prejudice-free environment; moreover, this encourages the parents to send them to school, as they are cared for without extra cost for their household.
Kitab Korner Library in Freesia
We are also happy to announce the establishment of a Kitab Korner Library in Freesia. KKEF aspires to give every underprivileged child the opportunity to read their way to a better life; to “padho aur badho” or to “read and grow”. Mrs. Sunita Kunzru from Kitab Korner helped us in setting up their library. She gave our teachers an insight of their foundation and how it helped children who wanted to grow in their lives. This library will be highly beneficial to the kids who come here, they will have access to these books whenever they want and this will result in increased knowledge among them.
A few of the many books that were given by Kitab Korner are – Dictionaries (with 500, 1000 and 2000 words), Photo phonics, Fairy tales, Story books, Books on Animals, Vegetables, Birds, Toys, Vehicles, Body, Good habits, Colors, Shapes etc., English grammar and vocabulary, Simple geography.
Classes are being conducted regularly and the children love spending time at Freesia. They are exposed to new things and are learning things well.
Although the full curriculum has not yet started, fine and gross motor skill development activities are being held for them. The teachers and children have fun doing these activities. Few of the activities that were done are –
- Tearing and crushing paper
- Rolling mats
- Sorting beads, beans
- Making objects with dough – dough play
- Nature walk – leaf sorting, watering plants and taking care of them etc.
KITCHEN AT FREESIA:
The kitchen area is well lit and ventilated. A good space to cook all the nutritious meals for the children at Freesia.
We expect to give out 40,000+ nutritious meals for the upcoming school year.
We had social workers from the corporate hospital at Freesia on the 27th. They were here to provide Vitamin C drops to the children.
Mr. Vishnu Amble visited Freesia and was thrilled to be a part of the school.
CELEBRATION AT EDELWEISS
March 22nd – Water Day:
Water Day was celebrated at Freesia, keeping in mind the importance of water, its usage and conservation. The children were taught uses of water and did drawings of it.
March 27th – Holi:
Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festivals. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!