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Picnic & park rides for Jeevan Jyoti’s 65

It was a different day. It was their day.

A total of 65 children from Jeevan Jyoti, a school for the physically and mentally challenged run by Rotary Club of Dhanbad, enjoyed a topple down the slide, got the high on the swing and feasted on a sumptuous lunch at a picnic organised by Dhanbad Club on its premises to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday.

The bash that kicked off at 11.30am and went on for three hours saw the students — two visually challenged, 35 mentally challenged and 28 hearing impaired — spread happiness and cheer as they ran around, tried out the rides and played badminton. School principal Aparna Das and other teachers, special educator-cum-assistant speech therapist Ranjeet Kumar, art teacher Subhendu Biswas and others kept watch.

“Such was the bonhomie among the children that some like Priyanka Kumari (12), Nur Neha Hembrom (14) and Khusbu Kumari (14), who are hearing impaired, helped their mentally challenged friends have lunch,” said speech therapist Ranjeet Kumar.

On menu were potato chips and corn flakes, which were offered to the students as soon as they reached the venue, while the lunch spread consisted of chowmein, veg manchurian, puri, sabji and sweets. Dhanbad deputy development commissioner Dinesh Chandra Mishra, who dropped in at the club, provided Rs 1,500 from his pocket for distributing chocolates among the children.

Earlier, the special children took out a rally from the campus, which was joined by more than 200 students of schools like DPS-Dhanbad and Guru Govind Public School. Mishra flagged off the procession at 10am.

The students, carrying placards, reached Dhanbad Club at 11.30am after crossing DRM’s office and Randhir Verma Chowk.