Summer vacation is the right time for many to chill out or indulge in a plethora of favourite activities. However, for some, it turns out to be a lonely affair due to poor economic conditions.
To plug this gap and allow the little ones spend their summer time constructively, Andhra University Evergreen Engineers organised a 45-day long summer camp highlighting the theme ‘Clean and green earth’ at Mandal Praja Parishad Primary School, Thotagaruvu.
The avenue provided a perfect ground for over 100 students to pick up their favourite craft work, dance forms and games from the menu that lists pot painting, glass painting, fabric painting, embroidery, stitching, magic show, Bharatanatyam, Dhimsa and Kolatam dance forms along with carrom, kho-kho, volleyball, cricket and kabaddi. “Indoor games such as scrabble helped the participants improve their vocabulary. While some of the former students donned the role of art and craft trainers, teachers from neighbouring schools also came forward to lend a helping hand. The concept is to combine recreation and discipline while training the little ones in a variety of crafts,” says Sabbi Trinadha Rao, founder-member of Andhra University Evergreen Engineers.
Terming the camp as an effective tool to explore the medium of dance, Ratnam, a homemaker who lost her husband to cancer, says she is more than happy to introduce her daughters to Bharatanatyam. “Given my financial situation, I can never afford to enrol my daughters in any classical dance class. However, the forum created an opportunity for them to learn something they are extremely fond of,” she says.
For Yerramma, who has to take care of her grandchildren most part of the day, the camp brought some solace. “My son-in-law deserted my daughter long back. As my daughter works in a private hospital, my grandchildren continued to stay with me. Since the school is close by, I could send them to the camp so that half of the day is spent brushing up their artistic skills,” she adds. The 45-day summer camp, supported by headmaster of the school K. Appa Rao, volunteers K.S.N. Murthy and Ravi Kumar, concludes on Sunday with a plantation drive.