Nedumkandam: TM John didn’t have to think twice before pledging the title deed of his plot so that the children studying at Kallar government high school could commute safely on a school bus. Now, the humanitarian has been honoured, for his great gesture, by the school authorities and the people of the locality. The school closed the loan and returned the title deed to John who is also a former PTA President. While celebrating the ‘Praveshanotsavam’ or the school reopening ceremony that the authorities revealed John’s kindness to the public.
TM John had been the PTA President of the school until last year. He pledged the title deed of the plot and his house at the cooperative bank so that the school could purchase a bus. Children residing in various localities in the Karunapuram, Nedumkandam, Pambadumpara and Udubanchola panchayats study at this school.
As students from multiple panchayats study here 12 regional Parent Teacher Associations were formed. When the PTA at the Pushpakandam region convened, many parents and guardians complained that there weren’t proper transportation facilities in the area and that it is extremely difficult for the students to reach the school on time.
Even though the authorities tried to solve the poor transportation facilities, it didn’t work out. Finally, they decided to buy a school bus. TM John agreed to hand over his title deed to the school as the school didn’t have sufficient funds. A small bus was purchased by spending around Rs 12 lakh. Now, the students of Kallar high school can reach the school safely and on time, in their brand – new school bus. The school, meanwhile, made sure to repay the loan as soon as possible and had returned the title deed to John.