Sarada Sishu Tirtha Raigunj Rupahar, a Vidya Bharati School, was established in the year 1999. The school started from a small rented house as a Sanskar Kendra with few people from the village. Within years it grew into a proper running school that presently has over 1000 students and around 40 teachers. Facilities like computer lab, library, and activity based classrooms are housed in this 19 roomed school.
Shri Swarup Gobindo Raha, the principal of the school says, “We will always remember how the society came forward with support to build this school, hence it is our duty to give back to the society”. Every year during the Durga puja a cloth distribution ceremony is organized by the school in which over a thousand underprivileged senior citizens are invited. They are first worshipped in the form of Divine and then food and clothes are offered to them.
Sarada Sishu Tirtha Raigunj Rupahar is also involved in various other social activities to bring people together throughout the year. One of the most noteworthy activities is the Rakhi Bandhan Utsav. All the students and teachers of the school are divided into small teams to reach out to over 35 villages of Uttar Dinajpur district. The students visit each house and tie Rakhi on the wrist of every member of the house, irrespective of their religion or caste, to express harmony and solidarity among each other.
Each year several students from the school participate in various competitions organized by Vidya Bharati Uttar Banga Pranta and also at the Sankul level. “Till 2019, at least 3 students from our school received the merit list scholarship offered by Uttar Banga Pranta”, said Shri Swarup Gobindo Raha. These apart, students also have secured ranks in Sanskriti Gyan Competition and various Sankul competitions organized by Vidya Bharati.
Besides a strong focus on academics, the teachers of the school also put great attention towards various extracurricular activities. Regular classes on sports, music, arts, yoga and moralities are held at the school. This has certainly helped the students to reach great heights in life. “Our alumini are doing great in their respective fields. One of the alumni is playing cricket in the Bengal Team at CAB, another is a gold medallist from Raigunj University, while another has studied in Santiniketan and now is a radio artist. These are just a few to mention”, said the principal of the school.
Sarada Sishu Tirtha Raigunj Rupahar, a small school in Uttar Banga, with highest class till 4th standard, is a perfect example of the mission and vision of Vidya Bharati. They teach their students to put the Nation first by helping those around in whatever profession one is.
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