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September 22, 2021

The Torchbearers: The Green Thumb Lady

When the lockdown of 2020 was relaxed and support staff returned to the AMK campus, they found it in complete disarray. The 2.8 acre campus and sprawling gardens were a mess – a far cry from the clean, manicured gardens AMK usually sports. 

Gurmeet Kaur, one of AMK’s Assistant Trained Teachers, looked around and had an idea. With no children on campus and with little to do, she decided to start tidying up as the AMK gardener had a comorbidity of diabetes and wouldn’t be returning for some time. Her aim? To return AMK to its former glory. 

Prior to the pandemic, Gurmeet had never gardened in her life! With so much time on her hands during lockdown, she put it to good use – learning as much as she could from YouTube and planting her very own kitchen garden, which thrived under her newfound green thumb. 

And so Gurmeet took charge of the campus clean-up, taking on one garden bed at a time – clearing broken branches, dead plants, dried leaves, and propagating new plants to replace them in pots, which she happily painted. 

Buoyed by the slow transformation she was seeing, she mobilised other support staff to help her, and soon the old AMK they once knew, began to emerge. Inspired by the hard work and progress of the support staff, soon teachers got involved and the exercise was not only productive for the environment, but a wonderful camaraderie also emerged. 

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This driven ‘leader’ is a far cry from the meek housewife Gurmeet once was over 19 years ago. At that time she lost her husband, and as a widow, ACF gave her an opportunity at AMK.

19 years on, today Gurmeet is the pride of AMK and epitomises the spirit of ACF – passion, hard work, drive and commitment. We applaud Gurmeet for being such a wonderful grassroots leader during the most difficult time.

Impact

  • 2.8 acres of campus garden transformed
  • 100-120 new plants grown
  • 20-25 pots painted and beautified
  • All 21 staff members mobilized
Tags: Education
September 22, 2021

23 Comments

  1. Arvinder Singh

    September 23, 2021 @ 04:12 PM

    More than what is expected from a single mom... I personally looked at her profile and found that she has raised her 2 kids along with teaching special children and now this. A woman superhero in a true sense. I think there should be more women like her in this girl who will get inspired by her work !! Superhero Gurmeet Kaur you deserve a Salute !!!!

  2. Karandeep singh

    September 23, 2021 @ 04:24 PM

    Very good keep it up ????????

  3. Neelam Srivastava

    September 23, 2021 @ 04:26 PM

    Excellent maam

  4. Inderpal Singh Chadha

    September 23, 2021 @ 04:33 PM

    Really a commendable and inspirational job, deserves appreciation from all. Gurmeet is a fighter who lost her husband at prime of her youth, a role model to face all odds and lead a dignified life for herself and her children. Ambuja Manovigyan Kendra Ropar is lucky to have such a dedicated warrior.I pray to Almighty Waheguru to bless her with more strength to serve the society and AMK with more devotion and conviction???????? All the Best??????Guru Ang Sang????????

  5. Kanwalpreet kaur

    September 23, 2021 @ 04:53 PM

    M proud of u di.keep going

  6. Niraj Prabhu

    September 23, 2021 @ 05:00 PM

    Wonderful effort Gurmeet ji????

  7. Dr Harpreet Kaur Arora

    September 23, 2021 @ 05:24 PM

    Good job, Proud of you Bhabhi ji

  8. Sarabjeet kaur

    September 23, 2021 @ 05:28 PM

    You are a inspiration for all mam Well done Keep it up...

  9. Ravi Kumar

    September 23, 2021 @ 05:58 PM

    Indeep, an extraordinary effert by the competible staff of AMK. Kudos to Ms. Gurmeet Kaur.

  10. Daljeet singh

    September 23, 2021 @ 06:22 PM

    Always inspired by her great influence and always gv positive vibes to their students and community . Proud of u

  11. Dr Ajit kumar

    September 23, 2021 @ 06:31 PM

    Amazing Gurmeet ji

  12. Parveen chaudhary

    September 23, 2021 @ 06:36 PM

    Gurmeet kaye set example for others people hats off to her for her .

  13. Pragya Malhotra

    September 23, 2021 @ 07:23 PM

    Heads off to you, for such a devotion for special children. In a true way you are serving for the sake of humanity.congratulations for appriciation.

  14. Tejinder pal Singh

    September 23, 2021 @ 08:11 PM

    V nice work & keep it up WBU

  15. Amrik singh katwal

    September 23, 2021 @ 08:17 PM

    Very good job

  16. Rohit Sharma

    September 23, 2021 @ 08:18 PM

    You are doing very nice work mam.. please continue God keep you happy and healthy always.

  17. Bharti Vinod Varade

    September 23, 2021 @ 08:18 PM

    Proud of you my lovely friend Gurmeet

  18. Jyoti

    September 24, 2021 @ 09:29 AM

    Wow....appreciative.....

  19. Balaji kamble

    September 24, 2021 @ 02:41 PM

    I have express my gratitude towords Gurmeet maam. I am glad ,we associated from last 4 years as a coach of special olympics bharat. She is very kind hearted coach,friends,mentor,and mother also...we will discuss abt carrerr of her doughter and son...as a single parents since last 19 years...I think she acchivrd

  20. Vikram

    September 24, 2021 @ 03:15 PM

    Nice efforts Grt work done by ma’am Keep it up And congratulations to you all team

  21. Rajeev

    September 24, 2021 @ 08:25 PM

    A positive mindset brings positive things Positively always win All the best and keep it up ????????

  22. Shikha

    September 25, 2021 @ 08:36 AM

    Nyc mam keep it up u doing great job

  23. Diwan Chand

    September 25, 2021 @ 09:08 PM

    Truly inspiring . Hats off to you Mam.

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