Ways to Plan Your Summer


Summer vacations are here again. Shreyashi DasGupta joins hands with RobinAge readers and sets out to plan a fun-filled summer.

"It's summer time! It's time to have fun and I have my to-do list all ready," says Sukanya Sen, a 14-year-old. "This year my holiday has been planned with a difference unlike any other year. No studies, no television, no loafing around or eating my favourite dishes. It's only about working for a non-governmental organisation (NGO)." On the other hand, even those kids who are doing the regular holiday stuff have managed to create a social space in their schedule. 

Says Rhea Dare, a 12-year-old from City International School, "I am travelling to my grandma's place. She has a big garden. I have decided to help my grandmother in gardening and planting new trees. I also wish to play with my cousins and read new books as that is my favourite hobby. But besides all that I would love to teach underprivileged kids how to write alphabets and make them read and pronounce words. How can I go about it?"

A lot of NGOs conduct vacation camps where one can contribute by sharing one's talent in different fields like music, art, theatre, craft, writing, reading and so on. We read about the Don Bosco Development Society in Matunga which will conduct a camp focused on the education of slum kids. "We are looking for volunteers who will contribute few hours in their vacation and dedicate them towards this cause," says Lyra Pinto, Programme Officer. "I would love to do such an activity if given an opportunity," says Sukriti Jha, a 13-year-old from JB Petit High School for Girls. "It would allow me to interact with a lot of people and gain practical experience" she adds.

10-year-old Neil Patel from CNMS School would like to spend time with the Children's Toy Foundation and play interesting group games with kids there. They have a huge range of educational films, video games and battery-operated toys. Aman Goenka, an 11-year-old from Gokuldham High School, is looking forward to doing similar social stuff. An ardent reader of RobinAge, he says, "I will bring out my file of Each-One-Teach-One supplements and help a few kids who are not privileged enough to go to schools."

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