The day began with a procession by the children chanting Gandhiji’s favorite devotional song ‘Raghupati raghav raja ram’ and patriotic slogans like Vande mataram and Bharat mata ki jay. It was followed by the garlanding of the statue of Utkalamani (literally, jewel of Utkal) Gopabandhu Das on the school premises. Gopabandhu Das was a noted Gandhian and freedom fighter, and is considered one among the makers of modern Odisha.
Essar Foundation presented sports goods to promote sports like cricket, skipping, badminton and carom. The chairman of the school management committee received them on behalf of the school. Essarite volunteers played a significant role in the successful organization of the event.