Saupin's Community Service Organisation 'SCSO' a voluntary body with its motto 'Reaching Out' has been involving itself with various social and environmental issues such as hygiene, sanitation, education of the under privileged etc.
Anuradha Saupin, founder and chairperson of SCSO acknowledges the famous quote by Edmund Burke, the Irish philosopher, "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little" as being the underlying principle of the organization.
In its Endeavour to give back a little to society, SCSO, every year, in collaboration with PGI, organizes Blood Donation Camps at its school premises in Chandigarh and Mohali and sponsors free health check- ups in various urban slum areas for the disadvantaged.
SCSO donates in kind to Pingalwara, (Palsora branch), a home for the destitute and mentally challenged and also makes liberal monetary contributions to hospitals such as S. Inderjit Charitable Guru Granth Sahib Society, Sector 35, Chandigarh which offer subsidized medical aid to the poor.
On occasions SCSO takes on cases of needy individuals and helps by paying toward their medical bills which includes surgery, follow ups and consultations. SCSO also takes on the onus of depositing school fees and providing books, uniforms, computers etc, for children and young adults who show a marked keenness to further their studies.
Of predominant concern to the SCSO is the apathy of the public towards hygiene. With the intention of highlighting the need for observing certain basic civic norms, SCSO puts up Hindi and Punjabi plays in various market places pertaining to subjects like open burning of leaves, disregard of public property, littering, spitting and general sanitation. Fliers in comic script form regarding the same are also sent out in newspapers to further bring these problems to the attention of the people.
Central to the beliefs of Saupin's School (Chandigarh and Mohali) is the philosophy of integration and empowerment of the handicapped. Saupin's School admits and wholly integrates into its main stream keeping in mind its own competencies- children of special needs. SCSO too taking a leaf out of its book helps promote awareness and empathy towards the developmentally challenged and arranges for the participation of such children from Institutes like GIMRC in Sector 32, in the school's Annual Sports Day.
SCSO true to its motto has for years been reaching out and engaging itself with people. The organisation is ever ready to take on new responsibilities because each member fervently believes in this saying of Dr. Seuss: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better." And each member is willing to serve passionately to make things better.
|VICE CHAIRPERSON||Goldy Kapani|
|CREATIVE HEAD||Parminder Kaur|
Saupin's School Resource Room - an attempt to integrate education
All children need consistent support and guidance from caring adults in their families, teachers at schools and mentors in their communities. At Saupin's School, Chandigarh, the Resource Room aims at providing a caring and supportive environment for children struggling with learning difficulties and special needs, helping them to develop into productive and responsible adults.
The teachers, special educators and counsellors at our school track the overall progress of every child. Children who face any difficulty are guided and counselled to improve their standards. The Resource Room offers reinforcement in English and Maths for students from Pre-primary to Middle school. Children suffering from various Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia and children with low intellectual ability are taught alternative measures to develop their skills and achieve the academic standards set. Requirements of comfort, routine,a safe and secure environment are taken into consideration to provide these children with a conducive environment to maximize their potential.
For Saupinians it is as important to be a good individual as it is to be a good student. Thus the emotional and behavioural development of children is also carefully monitored Any deviations in behaviour are attended to and remedial measures taken.Regular counselling sessions,behaviour modification techniques like reinforcement, social praise,token system techniques,role play,story telling etc are used to modify behaviour and achieve social and emotional adjustment.Counselling sessions are also held with parents individually to guide them towards behaviour management and teaching strategies to be adopted at home.
The sensitivity of the teachers, non-teachers and management who are empathetic to the requirements of the special children and provide unconditional support helps make Saupin's a truly inclusive school.
At Saupin's, we have introduced a 'Family' system, whereby the children of Classes I to VIII are divided into 'families'. Every teacher is entrusted with a 'family' and plays the role of a surrogate parent. In their fortnightly meetings, children can share their problems, concerns and are free to discuss any relevant issues with their family teacher. This system allows the children across levels to forge bonds and empathise with each other. The teacher acts as a mentor, friend and guide.
Senior Citizens Day
With a view to honor senior citizens our children annually organize a cultural programme for them on the school premises. The event is always thoroughly enjoyed by the senior citizens, who interact enthusiastically with the children. The senior citizens look forward to this event while the children earn much appreciation from the elderly. They are also sensitized on the importance of respecting and learning from these stalwarts who have much to offer society.
Blood Donation Camp
"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give". With this in mind, SCSO annually organises a Blood Donation Camp in association with PGI, Chandigarh on the school premises. The camp receives a tremendous response, with parents and staff members coming forward to contribute to the cause. As part of this programme medical supplies are also donated by the SCSO children to the PGI Thallesemia ward.