Benches for Purulia’s children

On Jan 28, the students of ­Bagatbari Primary School in Purulia district of West ­Bengal were all excited to go to school, for, they were going to sit on benches for the first time, thanks to the project of RC Calcutta ­Mid South, D 3291.

“It gave us so much happiness to see the excited children when they trooped into the classrooms and sat on the benches with such ­reverence. Until then, we didn’t realise what a ­luxury simple furniture can be. We are so used to them that we don’t even notice such things,” said Rama Prasad Nag, ­immediate past president of the club.
The school, established in 1905, is popular in the locality for mid-day meals. Nag saw the need for the benches and desks during one of his visit to the school when he found the children sitting on the floor.

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The project took shape when the club got financial support from RC ­Battersea, Brixton & Clapham, London, and together they provided furniture to the school at a cost of nearly `1 lakh, in the presence of Dr Amar Basu, International ­Project Chair of the London club, who made a special visit to the school.

The club is ­celebrating its silver ­jubilee year and has ­carried out several ­developmental ­projects in and around the ­backward regions of Purulia in these 25 years.

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