Dear Learners, Parents & Teachers
How many of you, in the midst of your busy daily schedule, keep track of other creatures on our home planet? We sympathise with Gir lions, the Royal Bengal Tigers and other fauna from a distance, but at DPS Tapi we share our lives closely with our near neighbours, the sparrows. Our Sparrow Court resounds to the sound of their music. Our children keep close watch on the safety of baby sparrows. The teachers admire the little birds’ tendency to nest in every nook and cranny apart from the hanging pots provided for them. The housekeeping share sprigs from their brooms and threads from their dusters as basic blocks of nest-infrastructure. The school ensures that the sparrows’ food and water bowls are regularly replenished.
Our small effort may have only a local effect, but it matters to the birds, and it gives great pleasure to us. This is especially true, when we read the grave situation of sparrows in this issue of Frontline, 03.05.2013. Keeping the seriousness of these statistics in mind, we should pay special attention to our little ‘house-mates’ in the coming summer.
Our students celebrate their birthday by bringing and planting a seedling or a sapling at school. With a water-shortage in the Narthan-Veluk villages, the Water Board has asked us to reduce our water consumption. I would therefore prefer not to plant fresh seedlings in school, till the monsoon arrives. All our plants are facing a survival struggle this summer due to the water-shortage. New plants means reduced water for all growing things and the new seedlings will have small chance of surviving and growing.
I would like to suggest an alternative Birthday Celebration for our students this year. Could you bring a packet of bajra for the sparrows instead of a seedling? You could put it in the sparrow food-bowl and also fill in a water-bowl for them. That would be a kind deed for our little sparrow friends this summer. The school looks after the sparrow’s food completely, but it would be nice to see our children also contributing their share for their feathered friends. Do think about it!