On any particular Thursday in June, students attending kindergartens, schools, colleges and universities throughout the Kingdom take time off from their studies to perform the Wai Khru ceremony.
This is the day students present their teachers with elaborate decorated floral arrangements to show their respect for what their teachers do for them.
At the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities the students were given Wednesday afternoon off from study to prepare for the ceremony and they certainly put the time to good use.
Dr. Yanyong presents his donation to Father Michael.
With more than two hundred and twenty students, most sitting on the floor or in their wheelchairs, the ceremony was opened by Father Michael Picharn Jaiseri C.Ss.R., director of the school.
Father Michael, together with Sister Pavinee, manager of the school, then accepted the floral arrangements from a representative of each class on behalf of the teaching staff, and prizes were awarded for the most beautiful as well as the most imaginative gift.
The students bow low to show their respect.
Special guest at the ceremony was Dr. Yanyong Phataralaoha, president of Thai Pipe Co. Ltd., who presented a donation of 500,000 baht to the school, as well as presenting several students with personal scholarships.
Since the school opened in 1984, more than three thousand young adults living with a disability have successfully graduated and are now living and working in society as equals.
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A heart from the English Language students.
The electronic students made a good effort.
The first year Computer Science made not one, but two gifts for their teachers.
The students were entertained with traditional Thai dancing.
The winning arrangements.