Barely a year ago, when the library at Deepalaya Learning Center, Sanjay Colony was inaugurated, it was meant only for students enrolled at the center. For a year 450 pre-primary students, tuition class students of all ages, children enrolled in Father and Daughter Alliance and the young adults in the Computer classes have been borrowing books and enjoying the library's read aloud program.
But all along the Deepalaya leadership and staff knew we wanted to open the door even wider, to practice what we preach, to transform our private library into a community library that would be free and open to all.
Diwali -- the festival of lights – was celebrated in almost all the locations with lot of enthusiasm on 28th October. Children, teachers and staff participated in various activities. Here are a few snippets:
Deepalaya Learning Center, Gole Kuan: The day began with informative speeches on the festival throwing light on why it is celebrated all over the country. Students prepared banners/Posters and wrote slogans to convey the message for celebrating “Clean-Green & Eco Friendly Diwali”. The students conducted a rally for making people aware to have pollution- free Diwali by avoiding crackers. It was a small attempt to reiterate a message that the students have been giving for the last so many years to save our environment by celebrating Diwali with diyas & candles only. With the banners/ slogans students walked in & around the surroundings with their teachers, to convince the people. Beside all these small kids made drawing on Diwali, students from both morning/afternoon shift decorated colorful diyas, and made beautiful rangolis. They enjoyed the day. Office rooms/Class rooms were also decorated. Teachers distributed toffees amongst students to encourage their spirit.