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Winning in the race of life

Winning in the race of life

On Sunday morning, 210 special children, from 15 schools in and around Thane, showed why they are called special. In spite of being disadvantaged in one form or the other, these children participated in a fifth annual "Triumph Run", a race event that was held at the Arya Kriya Mandal Playground near Police Commissioner’s Office. Triumph Run is an annual affair organised by the Triumph Foundation, a social service group committed to the cause of children with physical and/or mental disabilities, founded by Rotary Club of Thane Hills.

The Chief Guest at the prize distribution ceremony was Rajan Vichare, Mayor of Thane. Among those who attended the event were local corporators, principals and teachers of the participating schools and parents of the children. The event began at 9 am and went on till about 1.30 pm. To ensure that participants do not feel drained out, the organisers had made arrangements for breakfast and lunch.

Based on the intensity of their mental and physical handicaps, the participants were categorised as into 13 different categories. So there were different races for the visually impaired, hearing impaired, Ortho (on wheels), spastics without crutches and many others. There were children participating in a race with callipers and wheelchairs and running a distance of 50, 100 to 200 metres. To take care of any eventuality, there were doctors present on site. That’s not all, for there were races organised for parents and teachers too. Our new mayor, who is rather soft-spoken, congratulated the organisers for their noble efforts in creating awareness about the special needs of the special children. "You’re doing a fantastic job. In fact you’ve hardly left anything for us to do. Keep it up and do let me know if I can be of any help," he told the Triumph members after the prize distribution.

When special children perform sporting feats, they not only overcome specific physical and mental handicaps they suffer from but also transcend the psychological barriers. Regardless of the actual winners, who received cash prizes at the hands of the mayor, every participant was a winner. And so was the every teacher, ad every parent. Only, they won in a different race – the race of life.

City School wins State Level Science Quiz

City School wins State Level Science Quiz

Thane’s AK Joshi English Medium School won the finals of the state level inter-school science quiz held on 16 January 2005 at the Nehru Science Centre, in Worli, Mumbai. Viviktesh Agwan and Shree Patwardhan, class IX students from A K Joshi, emerged winners from among 32 participants representing 16 schools from across the state.  G S Rautela, Director of Nehru Science Centre, gave away the prizes.

Organised by Jidnyasa Trust, a student welfare NGO from Thane, the quiz was part of yearlong celebration of 2004 as the "Year of Scientific Awareness". Schools from 19 districts reached the finals. In the finals, there was a written test, followed by a round of quiz. Only four of the 19 schools reached the last round of the finals, and A K Joshi was the fourth in scores, not a very comfortable rank to be in. At the end of second round of the finals, Viviktesh and Shree were again placed at fourth position. "The third round was the turning point, when we got all answers right and raced past our opponents," revealed Viviktesh. From then on, there was no looking back and the A K Joshi team sealed their victory in last, rapid fire round.

When asked how they prepared for the Quiz, the duo was rather nonchalant about it, attributing their success to their aptitude, hard work and support of their teachers. This is not the first time that Viviktesh and Shree have done their school and city proud. Three years ago, Shree won the gold medal at the Homi Bhabha Young Scientist Exam for class VI students, while his fellow participant, Viviktesh was the silver medallist at the same exam. The twosome confess to being science-freaks, who spend most of their free periods reading up science books. "We are fascinated by science and love to explore its various aspects," said Shree. This year too they are appearing for the Young Scientist Exam for class IX students, and have already reached the practicals stage, looking all set for bringing home some more trophies.