No matter how old you are, you’ll always remember the teachers who changed your life for the better. Maybe they gave you a piece of advice that struck you hard or made life a little easier for you by listening to your problems. We all have at one teacher who was like a blessing in disguise.
Sai Senthilnathan, a teacher at a government school in the suburbs of Coimbatore, is also a blessing for his students. He spent his salary on new clothes for all his students so that they could happily enjoy Pongal, reports The New Indian Express.
Senthilnathan’s students all come from economically backward tribal settlements in Neeradi, Billur, and Thondai. Their families do not have the money to buy the kids new clothes for festivals. Hence, the teacher took it upon himself to spread festive cheer among his students!
However, this is not the first time Senthilnathan is doing such a deed. He did the same for his students for Diwali in 2018, school authorities said.
The school, Barali Government High School, has a lot to thank Senthilnathan for. It was because of him that the student count increased from 17 in 2017 to 33 in 2019. He went to all the tribal households and spoke to the parents regarding the importance of education for their children. Even though many were on board, one problem remained – there wasn’t any transport facility other than government buses for the kids.
Senthilnathan went on to approach Samagra Shiksha, a government body which agreed to fund the transport for students back and forth from school daily.
He also buys groceries to provide the students with wholesome meals. School officials and other teachers are also helping him with his initiatives.
It is because of teachers like Senthilnathan that students grow up to become giving, empathetic, and responsible citizens. The school is lucky to have a person like him!