It was indeed a very different and meaningful way to celebrate the Children’s day.

The faculty, children and parents of the Bloomingdale Play School celebrated the day with 21 HIV positive children from Cheyutha, a non-profit community based organisation for people living with HIV/AIDS in Krishna district. The Gunadala Social Service Centre provided the perfect venue for the get-together.

Conducted a day later the celebration was packed with wonderful moments for the children who were treated with delicious snacks from the Taj Gateway Hotel and had fun with students and faculty of Happy Dance School. Dance teacher Vikas taught the children different steps.

Under the guidance of the Bloomingdale instructors the children danced, played musical chairs, bombing the city and Treasure Hunt. The creativity and imagination of the children also found an outlet when they drew coloured pictures which were later put on display to help the children appreciate each others work.

After all the fun and activity each of the 21 children was given a gift hamper of items needed for their day to day nutrition and hygiene.

Bloomingdale principal P. Nageswari said the celebration was a touching experience for the staff and patents of the play school. She said the objective of the programme was to bring about awareness of organisations like Cheyutha.

“We want to convey the message that we care for these kids who are forced into a trauma of a life time, through no fault of theirs. It was also an effort to dispel the social stigma attached to the diseases,” Ms. Nageswari said.

Cheyutha president Renuka thanked the management of Bloomingdale.

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