Sharat Chandra (black shirt) hands over books to Rotary Club officials at Kerala Public School, Kadma, on Saturday. (Bhola Prasad)
Jamshedpur, July 12: Gift a book, bring a smile on the face of an underprivileged kid.
The Kerala Public School (KPS) group aimed to bring smile to 15,000 such children when it gifted as many number of books to Rotary Club, which is on a drive to collect one million books for one million underprivileged kids across the country.
The five branches of KPS — Kadma, Gamharia, Burmamines, Mango and NML in Agrico — together collected 15,000 books, including 2,500 new books worth Rs 90,000, which were handed over to Rotary Club of Jamshedpur at a small function at KPS-Kadma this afternoon.
Speaking on the occasion, director of the KPS group Sharat Chandra said on the suggestions of their chairman A.P.R. Nair, they carried out a book collection drive among their students from the last week of June till the first week of July. “While the students donated around 12,500 books, mostly story books and pictorial comics, we purchased 2,500 new books,” he added.
Rotary Club’s zonal chairperson for the book collection drive and XLRI Jamshedpur senior faculty member Sharad Sharin, who was present at the function, said the objective of the drive was to bring reading pleasure to underprivileged children.
“This is a countrywide initiative by more than 900 chapters of Rotary Club to bring smile to the faces of poor children, especially in the primary level. This is in line with the objective of Right to Education (RTE), which envisages primary education for all children in the country by 2017, Sharin said.
He added that so far, in Jamshedpur, 15 schools had pitched in with books collected by their students.
“We had set a target of 20,000 from Jamshedpur. With help from the 15 schools and one from Ghatshila (Sant Nandlal Smriti Vidya Mandir), we managed to achieve our target. Now, we plan to increase the target by extending the collection period,” Sharin said.
The Rotary Club official further said they would hold discussions with state-run schools and libraries for creating a pool of books for underprivileged children.
“In near future, the Rotary Club plans to open 1,200 libraries across the country where such children can read books for free,” Sharin said.