CAS project = Creativity, activity, service. Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is one of the three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the Diploma Programme (DP). Studied throughout the Diploma Programme, CAS involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies.
My friends’ CAS project was to arrange a track and field competition, 100 m, for slum children. This Sunday, me and five others, I believe, volunteered to help them. I got there at 2pm and we left the stadium at almost 9 o’clock…. so it was a long day, but definitely a lot of fun.
We did everything from fixing posters, filling in/organising heats, planning where and how the food should be distributed, announcing winners, giving out t-shirts and so on.
There were 15 schools participating and around 160 kids. Not all belong to a school and didn’t have coaches but we put those ones under a school anyway, to keep track of everything. Organising all those heats, placing the right names under the correct school, took a long time and was rather stressful considering the fact that it had to be due in 30 minutes. As always in India, it got a bit delayed.
When we had organised enough things to start the event, it begun. India’s fastest runner was there too, which was pretty cool. The kids loved him.
The participants were divided into 3 categories, under 12-, under 14- and under 16- years. In fact those groups were split into boys and girls. Everyone that placed first, second or third got a medal and when the overall results were counted, prizes were given to the three top schools. The school that won gold got to travel somewhere (can’t remember where), but the prizes were anyhow great!
They had different sponsors, sponsoring them with food and such. We helped distributing goodie bags with food to all participants and judges.
This was overall a great experience, it needed a lot of work which I really didn’t mind. It was a good learning process and I am proud we managed all this. Maria and Joya did an amazing job and I am not sure that beating this CAS project will ever be possible !