- MBRS News Bureau: Dec 27 The IPSC Service Project 2016 got kick start at Miles Bronson Residential School on 19th December, 2016. Two other schools that participated in the project are; the Assam Valley School from Balipara Tezpur, Assam and the Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls Public School, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It was a week long service project. The total number of student participants were 40 and the Service Project site is based in the Goriaguli village at Sonapur. The project site is owned by Miles Bronson Residential school and after two pilot surveys it was decided that the nearby village is in urgent need of clean drinking water. The objectives of the project were to inculcate the values of service amongst the participants, to provide the village clean drinking water and spread awareness about cleanliness, health and hygiene, to convert a conventional resource i.e. land to an important long term service project site under MBRS for further projects and to engage in collaborative learning. Both the guest schools arrived at MBRS on the 19th and the registration was completed by evening 4:00 pm. This was followed by the Opening Ceremony from 6:00 pm. The opening ceremony consisted of an introduction round, three ice- breaking sessions and division of students into four different groups. The schedule and the agenda for the next three days on the Sonapur site were also discussed. On the 20th we all started from school to Sonapur at 8:00 am and we reached the site at 9:30 am. After a brief introductory session, the inauguration ceremony was conducted which was graced by the Founder and Principal Dr. Nripen Kr. Dutta and the Secretary of MBRS Mrs. Nandini Dutta. They laid the first foundation stone which was followed by a students' survey of the village. The main agenda of the survey was to find out what can be the possible water distribution points in the village. The 21st and the 22nd were packed with many activities. The students set up the posts for the pump house; they dug the posts for the water pump and started the construction work. They cleared the way from the pump house to the water tank and also worked on the making of the steps towards the water tank. The students also carried water from a neighbor's house to make the cement mixture for the posts. The three days were full of many activities and the students finally completed on the construction of the foundation posts for the water tank which was followed by a hiking trip in the project site itself. The students worked as a team and helped each other to complete all the tasks. After the three days of hard work, on 23rd the students were busy preparing their presentation that would show their three days activities, achievements and outcomes. During the Closing Ceremony in the evening the program started with the four teams delivering their presentation which was followed by the feedback session and participating certificates distribution. Dr. N. K. Dutta the Principal later shared a few words with the gathering. Finally after a lot of discussion the outlines for the next phase of the Service project were framed. The day came to an end with sumptuous Principal's Dinner and Bonfire night. The next day was an early start for all the participants because the activity planned for the day was to visit the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. The team started from school at 6:00 am in the morning. After the jungle safari all moved to a picnic spot nearby. With all these activities and work the Service project came to an end and the guest schools departed on the 25th. The participants and the organizing committee feel privileged to have completed the First Phase of the Goriaguli Service project under IPSC. Together all hope to carry forward the work and complete the assignment within the next two more phases. The service to successfully provide clean drinking water to the villagers and work together for their development will not stop here and with these promises the way ahead for the project site is under development.