Ria, did you get permission from your parents for the excursion? enquired Neha.
No, my parents are hesitant to send me for three whole days on the trip, said Ria woefully. Let me talk to them, her friend, reassured.
The students of Class 8 were very excited. . Exactly two weeks later, an excursion to a nearby island was planned.They were 40 of them, and almost everyone had gotten permission for the much awaited excursion. This was the first time that such an excursion was organised, normally it would have been an one day educational affair. For most of them, this would be the first time that they’d be away from their home, they felt grown up and responsible all of a sudden.
Posh hotels and resorts were not booked, but they were to stay with the fishing community and study their daily routine. Their teachers felt that this would teach them to understand people’s way of life and improve their social skills. They were to help the fisher folk for the days they stayed and treat it like their own homes.
A trip to the aqua house on the island on Day 2 was also planned. Weren’t the kids bored of just seeing the specimens in the biology lab, and this was the idea behind the visit. The teachers had heard that there were a wide variety of sea animals like the clown fish, cuttlefish, sea anemone, squids, sea horses, crabs, flying fish, dolphins, octopuses to name a few. A chance to enjoy nature at her best.
On the third day, they were to meet a sand artist who made wonderful sculptures on the beach. He was to offer them tips and invite them for a summer workshop.This would definitely tickle the students creativity and make them think out of their books, the teachers were as excited in planning every detail as the students were in going.
I won’t t be a true friend if I don’t persuade Ria’s parents of the educational and fun filled aspects of this excursion, wondering thus, Neha made her way to Ria’s home.