Schools for children with disabilities celebrate the true spirit of Christmas by sharing & caring
Today is Christmas. Many schools for children with disabilities across India held celebrations to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. School staffs say that they want children to understand the spirit of Christmas which is all about sharing and caring. Here are a few schools that had some interesting Christmas celebrations.
It is that awesome time of the year. Christmas is here. Houses and streets are decked up with stars and Christmas lights. Carols and Christmas songs fill the air. There is happiness and excitement around. Many people have already begun their yearend vacations and some others are travelling too. Celebrations get merrier and more exciting when it is spent with your loved ones.
Schools for children with disabilities across India hosted some get-togethers over the last two weeks. It was a platform for children, parents and siblings to come together.
Celebrations with a cause at Bubbles Autism Centre
This year, the celebrations at Bubble Autism Centre in Bengaluru was special. Leading playback singer and actor Vasundhara Das performed at the event, representing her organisation Community Drumjam Foundation. All the children and volunteers present at the event had a great time drumming and enjoying the music to their heart’s fill.
“When you drum to a rhythm, you are in sync with the music. Your differences are dissolved”, says Sarbani Mallick, Founder, Bubbles Autism Centre.
The entire event was organised by a group of volunteers who crowd funded for the event to become a grand success. Gifts and food were also sponsored for the children. The team did not want to use any plastic material. So it was a plastic-free event, a cause which requires a lot of attention in today’s times. At the event, members from many other NGO’s were also present. Together, they wanted to spread the message of love and kindness. “Christmas is all about sharing gifts and caring for each other. We played games and had story telling sessions for the children. The event was a fun one”, adds Sarbani.
Christmas celebrations at the Bubbles Autism Centre was held on 14 December. The kids definitely had a lovely time.
A get- together at Navajeevan Special School
This year, staffs at Navajeevan Special School in Kochi decided to have a small celebration on 23 December. Their vacations had already started and children were travelling with family. So those who were in town attended the event with their parents and siblings.
They cut a delicious cake and the kids played games together. “We played games like secret Santa. The kids love such celebrations. This year too, they made the maximum out of it. After all, celebrations are when you spend time with your loved ones”, says Nishamol KE, Vice-principal, Navajeevan Special School.
Keeping it simple at the Gattus
Abhilasha Centre for Children with Special Needs is a prominent school in Hyderabad. Over 15 children and their siblings participated in the annual Christmas celebrations at the school. The school is giving a one week off for vacations. The celebrations that happened last Friday were attended by some parents as well. One of them even baked a cake for the children.
“The kids loved the cake. They decorated a Christmas tree and had lots of fun doing it together. Every year we make sure to hold a Christmas party at our centre. All of us had lunch together. It was a fun day”, says the founder Himabindhu Gattu.
Christmas is all about sharing, caring and spending it with loved ones. These young children have indulged in the spirit of Christmas already!
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