The Laharu Basti Primary School, about 20km from Siliguri in West Bengal, is transformed into a Happy School, thanks to Rotarians of RC Siliguri Green, RID 3240. The remote tribal school now boasts of classrooms spread over an area of 1,850 sqft, a robust compound wall and gate. The classrooms have been painted, fans fitted, blackboards restored, playground levelled and play equipment installed. Khageshwar Roy, MLA of Rajgunj, who inaugurated the renovated school, appreciated the efforts of the club members. “They have given a wonderful gift to the village, and the villagers should maintain this,” he said.
DG Debashish Das interacted with the students and parents at the school and distributed t-shirts and books to children. Rajib Chakroborthy, the District Education Officer, said, “It is hard to believe that a neglected primary school in this part of the state could be revamped in such a wonderful way.”
Student enrolment has improved and “we hope to improve a lot more facilities in the school,” said Project Chairman Abhishek Garg. Over ₹400,000 was spent on the project and Club President Animesh Agarwal hopes that more villagers will be motivated to send their children to the school.