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DPS Gurgaon's Chavi Gupta wins Road Safety Week competition organized by city's traffic police
Chavi Gupta, a class V student of DPS (Delhi Public School), Gurgaon lifted the trophy in the Junior Section. She won the title because of her painting with a social message of “Don't Drink and Drive” where she conveyed the message “Don't Gamble with your Life”. A bright student of her class and equally inclined towards outdoor activities like badminton, skating and throw ball, she loves painting and is a keen observer of the society.

Gurgaon Traffic Police observed the 11th Road Safety Week from 11th to 17th January, 2014. The Gurgaon Traffic Police invited several schools to participate in Quiz Competition, Nukkad Natak and Painting Competition. The theme of the event was road safety, rules and regulations of traffic and how to improve the current situation of the traffic in the city. The intention was to make citizens aware about the traffic scenario in Gurgaon. Chavi won the 1st prize in the painting competition that was organized during the same time by the Gurgaon Traffic Police.

She got the idea of “Don't Drink and Drive” from her various experiences that she witnesses on roads.  Madhumita Nandi, the Head of Arts Department in DPS, is certainly proud of the feat and said, “It was a herculean task to select the best painting as every participant has something to say, however, I feel she could emote properly through her painting and used the accurate metaphors to describe her message i.e. Why I chose Chavi's painting for the Gurgoan Road Safety Week and luckily she grabbed the first prize.”

Chavi Gupta, the resident of South City 1, Gurgaon knows many things about traffic rules. “One should follow the traffic lights, don't talk over the phone while driving, seatbelt is a must and do not drink and drive.”

Her painting was also inspired by the newspaper articles which made her aware about the current traffic scenario in the city. “I read lot of articles in newspapers and also observed what was happening on the roads and thus my task became a lot easier. My teachers also guided me constantly which sequentially helped me to lift the trophy.”

The young winner cashed in 10k and a trophy heavy than her in the Road Safety Week. Even though she scored full marks for her creativity, she wants to opt for Maths as her career option.

The teachers and the principal of the school are undoubtedly pleased with Chavi taking the first prize beating other schools running for the same.

Aditi Misra, the principal of DPS Gurgaon Sector- 45 said, “I feel good when kids win prizes in any creative field. The school has a strong emphasis on academics but with a difference. Academics becomes more beneficial if it is initiated and carried forward with something that students enjoy. It could be dance, sports, art or music. The school has taken an effort to try and involve the children in myriad of co- curricular activities along with the academics. Students learn more with the help of practical learning which will help them in life as well. Practical learning will be lifelong and it will be fun- filled and there from more enriching more for the children. Art is definitely a part of the curriculum.”

The principal further added, “Parents also play a vital role in enhancing the skills of their children and it's an advantage for the kids if their parents recognize their talent. We try to encourage students depending upon their skills. I am very proud of my students' achievements and would also like to mention the amount of hardwork the teachers/ staff put in to come up with outstanding results.”

The Road Safety Week is organized every year by the Gurgaon Traffic Police in the month of January and this time the organizers invited schools to participate in several activities concerned with the road traffic.

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