With Christmas knocking at the door, Udgam School students were in full spirits today. They came swathed in woollens, clutching money in their hands to buy yummies and goodies in all shapes and sizes. And the Grand Sale was on at Udgam School premises! It was a market of the children, by the children and for the children.

Students of Classes 6 to 11 displayed their artistic inclinations under the able guidance of their Work Experience and Art and Craft teachers by making a variety of useful items. The range included decorative paper bags, gift tags, bookmarks, paper weights, quilling hangings, earrings, cushions, mobile covers, batwas, tea coasters, envelopes, key chains and other colourful items made of cloth, paper, stones, etc. The use of plastic could not be found in any of the items which goes a long way to show how ‘environment friendly’ thoughts the young children have too.

If the hustle was on at the Craft Section, there was an entirely different kind of bustle going on in the School Canteen. Students of Class 11 Commerce had made a variety of chocolates, brownies and cupcakes with fresh cream and toppings. Using attractive posters and props, they sold out all their delicious stuff within the first hour, making them ideal students of ‘Entrepreneurship’. Udgam students follow the slogan ‘Seven days without chocolate, makes one WEAK’ (courtesy: one innovative thinker).

The money collected from the sale – a whopping Rs. 40,000!- will be given to charity. It is indeed a good amount considering the fact that most items were very reasonably priced. Making something painstakingly, selling it to others and then giving the money away too, cannot be easy for the young people. This fosters the ‘art of giving’ from an early age- giving without a care! The entire show and sales was coordinated and organised with help from the teachers who motivated and guided the students in each and every step.