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Winter goodies for special 17

A group of students from De Nobili-Bhuli played the Santa to their special friends at the school run by Dhanbad Blind Relief Society in Saraidhela on Thursday.

Armed with bags full of goodies and good wishes, the visitors — 21 students of classes VI and VII, two teachers, and principal Father Victor — reached the residential cradle for the visually challenged around 11am and spent more than an hour spreading Christmas cheer.

The Nobilians gifted a sweater, a pair of slippers and a winter cap to each of the 17 students of the blind school and also to the five staff members. The host school returned the gesture by extending a warm welcome to the guests and presenting a cultural programme.

Ten-year-old Sujal Kumar, who reads in Class III, struck the right notes with a song on Santa Claus — Up on the Housetop. The students of De Nobili joined in. Sujal’s classmate Sonu Kumar (11) touched everyone’s heart with a soulful rendition of Teri Panaah Me Hame Rakhna, a song from the movie Panaah.

When their turn came, De Nobili’s Surabhi (Class VII) and Rakhi (Class VI) chose to inspire all by humming Itni Shakti Hame De Na Data Man Ka Vishwas Kabhi Kamjor Ho Na. “These students are far more talented than us. We had a great experience and amazing time here,” Surabhi said.

“Our students collected money on their own to sponsor winter wear for the children of the school for the visually challenged. Instead of sending the money through some agency, we wanted the students to distribute the articles among the actual beneficiaries and hence, we organised the small get-together,” said Father Victor, also a member of Dhanbad Blind Relief Society.

He added that the basic aim was to show the students how these special schools function and teach.

The cultural programme was followed by an interactive session during which the students of both the schools shared their experiences. Teachers, students and principal of the host school explained their method of teaching and showed the classrooms and hostel to the visitors.

Principal of Dhanbad Blind Relief Society’s school Ratnesh Kumar said: “Ours is a residential school teaching altogether 25 students. Today, only 17 were present during the visit by De Nobili School students.”

The blind school, where all facilities, including residential accommodation and lessons, are provided for free to students from five to 20 years, is totally dependent on funds generated through charity. Admission is open throughout the year.


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