Monday, May 18, 2009

Walk to school week

When the school reopens after the summer vacation, the first week is generally a ‘light’ week. Knowing the new classroom, new teachers, new books and some new friends. The load on your back may not be as heavy as it is during the rest of the year. So why don’t you take a walk to the school?

This is for those who reside within a kilometer around the school and get dropped at the school by bikes and cars.
We know that the kids who take the school bus or van cannot do it.

But what does it bring to you?
A leisurely chat on way and back with your friends and parents.
A simple but energising exercise.
Save some fuel.
Save some pocket money.
And some fun observing the streets.

For the young reporters of YOCee, a lot of story ideas!

If you find this interesting, why not take a walk to the school for a week in every term?

Post your comments!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Do you own your street?

Do your own your street?
Let me put the question in another way – do you love your street?
Then what do we do to keep it clean?
There are dust bins put up by the cleaning agents of the city, Neel Metal Fanalca and Chennai Corporation almost in all the colonies.
But how much litter is found near the dust bins? May be more than what is inside!
How many of us throw the chocolate wrappers on the road while walking and through the window while travelling in car?
Imagine if the Corporation workers would just pick the litter from the bins and not from the streets.
Imagine no litter pickers pick up the plastic from the roads.
The road would be full of litter, but the bins would be clean!

So how about summer volunteering for our own streets?

Choose a car park in an apartment in your area and gather the public, children and the maids working in the colony and tell them why they should not be dropping litter on the road, but put them on to the bin.
You may not earn pocket money for this but I am sure you will earn a lot of goodwill!

In Manchester, England, as part of the Own Your Streets scheme, litter collectors won’t be cleaning up the streets on Thursdays! Read more here!


  1. May 24, 2009 @ 2:11 pm, by P.S.Nandini

    Even in our school the van children used to throw chips covers and wrappers out of the window even when the van was parked outside the school. they didn’t listen when some of us told them not to.. so we requested our vice-principal to make an announcement regarding this.

  2. June 20, 2009 @ 8:37 pm, by sivaraman

    We have another problem in our street that is the
    shop workers and construction labours and others use the street corners and open grounds as open toilet. It makes the streets unhygenic as well as smelly.