Vashi: All the nearly 600 students of the Belapur based Gayatri Trust’s Good Shepherds School were felicitated with a memento at the school’s 18th annual day gathering at the Vishnudas Bhave auditorium in Vashi on February 8.

Mrs. Lata Powar, principal of the school expressed that students from the weakest economic sections study in the school and many of them never get to come on stage for the school’s cultural programs and they feel left out. Hence to boost every student’s confidence and to motivate them, she added, she felt every student deserved to be felicitated on the school’s annual day. 
The students of every standard from the kindergarten to tenth presented group (welcome and patriotic) songs and dances based on the traditional Indian marriage theme, with all enthusiasm, gaety and colourful costumes, so well supported by the teachers of the school on the occasion. 

Pradnya and Meenakshi, the two senior teachers were specially felicitated for their services to the school. 
Veteran actor, director, writer, lecturer Ashok Palve and journalist Vishwarath Nayar graced the occasion as guests of honor. Prakash Powar, president of the Gayatri Trust presided as the chief guest at the function. Swarnalata Iyer, Neha Powar and Devendra Powar were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion. 

Ashok Palve warned parents to avoid the lure of pushing little children to attend audition invitations from various non-professional organizations and adviced them to give more priority to academics. He offered to conduct a theatre workshop for the students of the school in the school itself and commended the school management for the unique gesture of felicitating every student of the school at the annual gathering. He also complimented the performance of the students and the efforts of the teachers. 

Vishwarath Nayar called upon the students to avail the use of technology like the mobile and television judicially for listening and watching motivational talks of accomplished persons and updating information of their study subjects. He also advised students to avoid junk food to maintain good health. Stressing on cleanliness he called upon teachers and parents to play role models as the school was the second home for the students and the home was the second school for them. He was all praise for Principal Lata Powar and her team of teachers and school staff and management led by Prakash Powar for the various initiatives of the school during the academic year consistently for the past 18 years.