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A Memorable Tree Plantation by Don Bosco School, Tura

By Fr. Bivan R. Mukhim
Students of Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Tura.
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Guwahati, Jun. 3. With the theme, ''Flora of Garo Hills is our sustainable future'', Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Tura organised an impressive Tree Plantation campaign for the students of X on 2nd June, 2018 in its adopted Aminda Simsang village, about 15 km from Tura under Gambegre Block in view of World Environment on 5th June, 2018. This is the first instance that a school has organised such a programme to observe the Environment Day.  
The Chief Guest on the occasion was the BDO of Gambegre Block, Shri Pittingson Sangma, MCS. Speaking at the inaugural function in the presence of the villagers, the local NGOs, Sangma who was deputed by the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills, lauded the school authorities and the staff for the noble initiative and congratulated the students for their enthusiasm they showed to plant more trees in Garo Hills. Encouraging the villagers and the students to contribute their bits towards a green of Garo Hills, he urged everyone to restore the environment by implementing the three - Rs - use, Reduce and Recycle especially non-biodegradable materials.
Earlier the nokma, Shri Dilseng Sangma welcomed the officials, Fr. Charles Deepen Lakra, Vice Principal and the guests and was grateful to the staff and students of Don Bosco Higher Secondary School for adopting his village and undertake the tree plantation project his is jurisdiction. The teacher in charge in his introductory words explained the purpose of the project, namely, to create awareness of the dangers of deforestation, to inculcate the concept of forest as a vital resource mother and to take actual measures to conserve existing forests and to promote forestation. Four students also spoke and highlighted the importance of forest resources in Garo Hills, the adverse impact of deforestation, ways and means to preserve flora and fauna in Garo Hills and alternative ways to shifting cultivation.
After the inauguration ceremony, led by the BDO and accompanied by the staff and elders, the 150 odd students, with saplings in their hands, proceeded to the allotted site and planted at least a tree each.
The staff and students also visited Agin Darengre, a village famous for wood curving before returning home. Speaking after the event, a student said, ''It was a day to remember''. Another student said, ''We have learned more about the environment today than in the classroom''. A villager summed up, ''Thanks to Don Bosco School, we will have more trees in our village''.
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