Lockdown did not stop these TN students from returning to school daily for a noble cause

B Bharathipriya, a Class X student, said, "My house is near the school and to get some relaxation I come here daily and water the saplings I planted."

Published: 16th April 2021 01:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th April 2021 01:57 PM   |  A+A-

Students watering trees in T Kalathur government high school in Perambalur district on Thursday (Photo | Express)

Express News Service

PERAMBALUR: Schools have been closed for a year or so due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown. But a bunch of students here have got a good reason to get back to their school -- watering the saplings they lovingly planted.

T Kalathur Government High School in Perambalur has 164 students and 12 teachers. In November 2019, English teacher B Pugazhendhi (29), besides teaching the subject, went a step ahead to educate students on the need to protect nature. Working towards his goal of turning the school into a green campus, he distributed saplings to students and initiated the plantation drive. To motivate students, he also set up fences and asked them to write their names on it.

However, the lockdown forced schools to shut down and take up online classes. Fearing that the saplings they planted might die, the students went to the school and watered them daily.

B Bharathipriya, a Class X student, said, "My house is near the school and to get some relaxation I come here daily and water the saplings I planted. Even after the school was closed, I watered them without fail. When I finish schooling, I will hand over the responsibility to my juniors."

Speaking to The New Indian Express, Pugazhendhi said, "During the lockdown, I created a WhatsApp group to coordinate with the students. They came in batches to water the saplings. Alumni offered vessels for the purpose." He noted that people were suffering without rain due to lack of trees and he took this step to help increase the green cover. He also thanked headmistress J Shoba for extending her support.

Shoba said that even when teachers were not there, the students voluntarily came to do their part. "It shows their interest and love for nature. Students wore masks and maintained physical distancing during the process," she added.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp