When Nihaal Rana got word he was accepted as a Grade 9 student at St. Andrew’s, his grandmother also turned over a new leaf. Many leaves, in fact.
An important aspect of his family’s Panjabi culture is to celebrate great achievements that arise within their families. To celebrate Nihaal’s acceptance into SAC, his grandmother, Sukhbir Kaur, donated 550 trees to Riarki Public School, located in the city of Tughalwal, District Gurdaspur in Punjab, India.
These trees were planted by the Riarki students at their school and at a local park and the children were also given trees to plant at their homes.
According to Nihaal’s parents, Gurbir Mahl and Deep Rana, these trees are a great way for the students of Riarki Public School to continue their environmental education initiatives and will be bearing fruit for generations to come!
To celebrate the generous gift from Ms Kaur, the city named the park after Nihaal in honour of his great-great-grandfather who was a prominant figure in the neighbouring city ofBham. The official name of the park is “Nihaal Singh in honour of Sardar Kishaan Singh.”
Nihaal is a boarder in Sifton House, and his grandmother’s gift was a great way to celebrate joining the St. Andrew's family.