The kids from the KG to the twelfth were enamored to see the exceptional ground décor and being welcomed with lovely smiling faces of the organizers of Safe Kids Foundation and Honeywell who animated the children’s day program in the school.

          The day was divided in two parts; Formal part and the Cultural part.  The former commenced with lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries and a pious Prayer Service that focused on the well-being of the kids all over the world and that they are not deprived of the basic necessicities including education.

          In his welcome speech, Rector Fr. Michael Bansode expressed his joy that he received by seeing Don Bosco’s dream coming true on that occasion.  His dream was to provide the best to the poor and the marginalized.

          Torine Creppy, President, SKF, while addressing the audience mentioned, “It is wonderful to see so many happy faces at a glance, have safe Diwali every year and safe cooking everyday.”

          Deputy Mayor of the PMC Dpt. Dr. Sidharth Dhende acknowledged the fact that Don Bosco High school and Jr. College, Pune is one of the best educational institutions that genuinely serve the poor and the marginalized.

          In his address, Mr. Sunil Gilbile, Divisional Fire Officer, Fire Department, PMC petitioned the Deputy Mayor for installing more fire-stations in the city. He congratulated and requested the SKF Team to take this brilliant program to many more schools and spread awareness among many others.

          As a pre-cursor to this Safe Kids’ celebrations the team had a class wise interactive session with the children of std 3 to 10 that gave them valuable input sessions on being safe from fire and how to handle burns. As a pre-curser to this event the SKF organized a two day session on the 8th and the 9th in which they distributed booklets that had thought provoking activities on fire safety.  There were 60 volunteers in all who animated the program with fun activities.

          The SKF deploys cutting-edge, experiential and fun educational tools to spread fire safety awareness among kids under 14 and aspires to make Pune a model Safe Kids at Home city in India.  It also aims at making kids a pivot for bringing citizens and civic agencies together to drive a strong safety culture.

The second part of the program was the cultural celebration.  They had thrown an open invitation to the municipal schools in Pune to participate in SKF Talent Hunt competition.  The winners were rewarded with attractive gifts.  Like every year the teachers of all 4 sections performed enthusiastic dances to entertain the kids.  Amazing Bollywood dance performances by the Pre-Primary, Fairy tale recreation by the Primary teachers, a very prudently scripted funny play called as ‘Sholey in Yerwada’ by the college teachers that not only made the kids laugh out loud but also gave a message on good student values.  Finally, an extremely entertaining Mock-rock cum dance by the secondary section enthralled the kids.

          Once the cultural part concluded, the next surprise that was awaiting was the open kid’s carnival with over 15 stalls of games and snack.  Candy floss and popcorn to tease their taste buds were made available to them.  Children won loads of prizes through chance games, games of skills, puzzles etc.

          We will remain grateful to Dr. Cinthia Pinto, Program Director SKF and Mr. Jamshed Karkaria, Head Facilities and Administration, Honeywell Automation India Ltd. for choosing our school and organizing such a wonderful and memorable event for all present.