Children of Chhatera Village School in Sonepat honor Leading glass producers, Frigoglass for their contributions towards revitalization of schools under Season 1 of Support My School campaign.

Mr. Arvinder Pental, Region Manager, Central & South Asia at Frigoglass India receives memento of appreciation from community, on behalf of Frigoglass; interacts with community elders and Mr. Rajbeer Singh, Principal, Chhatera Village School on impact of the campaign in the region since its launch in January, 2011.

The facilities provided to schools as part of the campaign are separate toilets for boys and girls, improved access to water, facilities for physical sports and recreation, infrastructure for library and teacher training, initiatives for a greener environment and rain water harvesting.

Sonepat, January 23, 2013 – Leading glass producers, Frigoglass were felicitated today at the Chhatera Village School in Sonepat for their support and contributions towards revitalization of schools under Season 1 of the Coca-Cola NDTV Support My School campaign. Present at the event was Mr. Arvinder Pental, Region Manager, Central & South Asia at Frigoglass India, who received a memento of appreciation from the community, on behalf of the company.
The ceremony is part of a series of events being held by Coca-Cola and NDTV, to honour those groups and individuals who have come forward to contribute towards the campaign, in a lead up to the Support My School Telethon 2013. The Telethon, which will be held in Mumbai on 3rd February 2013, will raise pledges for revitalization of 250 more schools in Season 2 of the campaign.

Mr. Arvinder Pental, along with leaders from other organizations, interacted with village elders, leaders and the principal of the revitalized Chhatera Village School, Mr. Rajbeer Singh, on the impact the region has seen since the launch of the campaign in January 2011. The Support My School campaign has revitalized 8 schools in Sonepat with facilities such as separate toilets for boys and girls, improved access to water, facilities for physical sports and recreation, infrastructure for a library and teacher training, initiatives towards a greener environment and rain water harvesting. Revitalized schools in the region have seen a marked reduction in absenteeism and increased enrolment as a result of these interventions.

Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Asim Parekh, Vice-President, Technical, Coca-Cola India said, “Support My School is a collective effort of individuals, groups and organizations that have come together for a common cause. The success we have achieved in the last 2 years would not have been possible without the unrelenting support from all our partners, donors and many who came forward to contribute their time and resources for the campaign. Together, we have created a strong collaboration where each one has their own unique set of skills and resources to put forth. This collaborative effort is what makes Support My School so unique. I would like to thank all partners and supporters of the campaign for making Season 1 a raging success.”

Speaking about their association with the campaign, Mr. Arvinder Pental, Region Manager, Central & South Asia at Frigoglass India said, “Frigoglass is proud to be part of a campaign which is creating such holistic change for students in rural and semi-urban areas. This association holds great importance for us as we strongly believe in the power of education to transform generations. These children are our future and their success is crucial to the nation’s success. I congratulate Coca-Cola, NDTV, CAF and all other campaign partners for bringing smiles to the faces of these students and others across the country.”

Speaking at the event, Raj Singh, Sarpanch, Chhatera Village, said, “The people of Chhatera hold social values and community spirit very close to their hearts. Our children are an integral part of our community and we dream to provide them with the best opportunities. The revitalization work at the Chhatera Village school has been a great step in providing our children the right environment for their growth. I am thankful to Frigoglass and all Support My School partners for their hard work and support.”

Mr. Rajbeer Singh, Principal, Chhatera Village School added, “Every child deserves the best environment to inculcate a love for learning. Without this basic support, children to lose interest which directly impacts their performance. The facilities installed in our school by Support My School have instilled new confidence in the students as well as the staff. I would like to extend my deep felt gratitude to Coca-Cola, NDTV, CAF and all the supporters of the campaign.”
After revitalizing over 100 schools in the first season, the campaign is set to now roll out its second season with an aim to extend benefits to additional 250 schools across the country, widening its reach to areas such as Agra, Siliguri, Hospet, Gurgaon among others. The Support My School Telethon will be held in Mumbai on 3rd February, 2013 to raise pledges and funds for Season 2 of the campaign.

About Support My School

Coca-Cola joined hands with NDTV to launch Support My School in association with UN-Habitat, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Pearson Foundation, Tata Teleservices and Sulabh International. It undertakes the following core activities as part of the campaign:

Provision of improved access to water

Appropriate sanitation facility for girls and boys

Improvement in the overall infrastructure and environment

Provision for sports and recreation facilities

Recharging groundwater through rainwater harvesting

Libraries and Teacher Training by Pearson Foundation

Computer Center by Tata Teleservices

These necessary amenities enable the schools to create a cleaner and healthier environment, more conducive to learning.
Education in rural India suffers from several issues where lack of sanitation is a key reason for absenteeism and dropouts amongst students. This is especially noted among young girls who are forced to quit as they enter adolescence due to lack of clean and functional toilets. Children are also likely to fall sick more often without clean water to drink or to wash hands. Support My School endeavors to eliminate this basic concern by spreading the initiative across the country with the help of campaign partners.

About Coca-Cola and Citizenship

The Coca-Cola Company has always placed high value on good citizenship. At the heart of business is a mission statement called the Coca-Cola Promise — “The Coca-Cola Company exists to benefit and refresh everyone that it touches.” This basic proposition means – that the company’s business should refresh the markets, protect, preserve and enhance the environment and strengthen the community. Coca-Cola India provides extensive support for community programs across the country, with a focus on education, health and water conservation. For further information on Company’s India operations and its products, please visit www.coca-colaindia.com
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