67 kids headed by 6 mentors surprise busy personnel on a sultry Dimapur afternoon; hand over hampers, snacks in recycled paper bags to the unsung heroes on duty
Kohima: While recent videos of traffic personnel's dedication for duty amidst the rain in Assam has won many hearts, Livingstone Foundation International (LFI), a Dimapur-based school, gifted attractive hampers and snacks in handmade recycled paperbags to the unseen heroes -- the traffic personnel who ensure smooth flow for busy commuters on the city's roads.
With 73 members in total, two teams were divided to cover the vast areas of Zone-I (Dimapur city area) and Zone-II (East Dimapur & Chumoukedima area) and further interacted with police personnel on Friday.
Speaking with EastMojo, Nchumbemo Ngullie, officer-in-charge (OC), Zone-I, expressed his contentment saying: "The community service done by the school is commendable. They have acknowledged the efforts of the traffic police which is rare. There are a very few institutions and public who acknowledge the work of the traffic police."
"We had a police-student interaction where we highlighted the importance of traffic regulations. We had a healthy interaction as the queries put forth by the students were very relevant wherein they enquired about the causes, problems, solution, traffic regulations. Some were also interested in knowing how to get a driving licence and several issues like students plying on two-wheelers without helmets to which I clarified that license holders have their permits," he added.
Urging the need to create traffic regulation awareness among the public as it has become a major crisis affecting daily lives, Ngullie sought cooperation from the public.
Sanjeev Momin, a faculty of Livingstone Foundation International, told EastMojo that the school had been initiating the community service since 2017, which is a brainchild of Ani Yepthomi, the school's director.
"The traffic personnel work round the clock for the smooth flow of commuters, so we felt the need to acknowledge them with a small gesture. It is not only to sympathise with the traffic police but to create awareness among the students, which to a great extent was achieved."
Meanwhile, 13-year-old Penyu I Longchar, a Grade-VIII student, who participated in the drive for the second time, said: "I do not know what kind of struggles the traffic police are going through but I saw how hard they worked for society. They were all very happy when we gifted them the hampers. It was an emotional moment as we (both students and the police) acknowledged each other's efforts and I feel very privileged to have experienced it. Also, I am excited for the next community service that the school will be initiating."
As reported by EastMojo in December 2018, the school was ranked No 1 for 'co-curricular education' at the India School Merit Awards 2018 held in Bengaluru.