It was a memorable trip to Chennai for a group of 55 children belonging to the tribal areas of Anaicut constituency in Vellore district on Friday. While it was the first trip outside the district for many of them, it was a maiden visit to a beach for most of them.
Excursion to city
An interaction with students prompted A.P. Nandhakumar, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Anaicut, to plan an excursion to the city. The girls were studying in classes V to VIII in a residential school run by an NGO for tribals in Anaicut.
“These students are from the hilly villages in the constituency such as Jarthankollai, Peenjamanthai and Palaampattu. I visited them to present clothes on the occasion of Kalaignar’s birthday. When I interacted with them and asked which are the places they had visited, most of them said they have not travelled beyond Vellore and have not visited a beach,” he said. A trip was planned after the teachers obtained permission from the Education Department.
At 6.30 a.m. on Friday, the students accompanied by the MLA, their teachers and two persons from the tribal areas left for the city in a bus. “We reached Chennai at 10 a.m. We took them to Marina Beach where they played for two-and-a-half-hours.
“They then visited the Anna Memorial. Lunch was arranged at the MLA Hostel. They were excited and enjoyed their visit to the beach,” he said.
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