VIDYA VIKASINI IS PROUD TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE TAMIL CHAIR AT HARWARD
An educationist, teacher, hard taskmaster, able administrator – none of these descriptions singly define this towering persona.
She’s been into social activities for a long time now. But S.S. Jayalakshmi feels there’s still a lot more to be done.
Aarthi asks Gowtham, “Akka ku Tripathakam vechchu kaamipiya?” Gowtham struggles a bit. However, with help from Aarthi, he succeeds in bending his ring finger. “Mudras such as these are exercises for his fingers; Arai Mandi (a half-sitting posture in Bharatanatyam) is good for his knees and calf muscles,” she explains. Aarthi Shankar is a Bharatanatyam dancer, and her pupils are children with physical and mental disabilities.
Guffaw, the annual function organised by Vidya Vikasini Matric H.S. School, Coimbatore, provided students of the primary section a wonderful opportunity to have loads of fun. Contests like “Just A Minute”, “Table Turn”, “Gana Manjari”, “Role Play” and Collage saw the participation of about 500 children.
Vidya Vikasini Opportunity School, a specialised school for children with autism, cerebral palsy and mental retardation, has received the `Best Institution Award (Disabled Welfare)’ 2005. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa handed over the award to S. S. Jayalakshmi, Director of the school, at a function in Chennai recently.
Some one Special (June 3, 2011)
S.S. Jayalakshmi is a bundle of energy. But, when the 78-year-old educationist meets her ‘special’ pupils, the grandmother in her comes to the fore. A tender word of encouragement here, a gentle pat there — in five minutes, she has their full attention.
A pioneer in integrated education(COIMBATORE, January 9, 2013)