Every year the Dhirubhai Ambani International School hosts a CAS fair, something like an NGO mela. The 11th and 12th grade IB students take part in a CAS programme which stands for Creativity, Action and Service. As a part of their Service requirement they work with NGOs. When I was in school (approximately 6 years ago!), I remember the week before the CAS fair as one of the most fun weeks of the school year! We would have night school and we would work alongside our friends to showcase the work our NGOs were doing. We would work tirelessly to help our NGOs raise funds and ensure that the parents and students from the school had a good time at the fair.

It was a feeling of nostalgia when we, ConnectFor, were approached to participate in the CAS fair this year! I had forgotten the energy that children have and how enthusiastic the student volunteers are. As ConnectFor, we decided to do something different at the stall. We wanted to spread the idea of kindness and happiness which went with the theme of Joy Utsav. Building of ConnectFor’s #100Ksmile We had recreated the ring toss game in a way that the the kids would toss the rings on different kindness challenges that they would then have to take. If they successfully took the challenge, they would win a prize.

It was so heart warming to see kids compliment their favourite NGOs, buy refreshments for the security staff and hug their parents. What was even more heart warming was to see how easy it was to make someone smile.at

It got me thinking about the ways in which an act of kindness can impact others. Sure, those who took the #100KSmiles challenge made others smile by giving them a hug or a compliment, but seeing it happen in front of our eyes, and knowing that we helped set this in motion, brightened up our days as well. It made me realize that happiness and kindness are not isolated concepts. They touch everything around them and make the world a better place.

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PS. Thank you, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, for this opportunity!

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