If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
On October 4, 2018, three school supplies distribution programs under the Adopt-a-School Program were held in Babayoan Elementary School, Nagtenga Elementary School, and Sidaoen Elementary School for 586 pupils.
Pupils in these adopted schools are mostly farmers’ children. With much cheer and thankfulness, they all fell in line as each one received a school bag complete with three notebooks, pad papers, two pencils or ballpens, one pair of slippers, cap, and t-shirt uniform, as well as a box of Camay Beauty Bath Soap per student from kinder to grade 6.
In Babayoan Elementary School, the turnover program was fully attended by the Barangay Captain Mr. Virgilio Lupdag and other Barangay officials, PTA president Ms. Lolita Arzadon, Babayoan Methodist Church Administrative Pastor Rev. Benilda Gonzalo, the parents, and teachers.
The school’s head teacher Ms. Violeta Javonillo also gave a similar statement expressing much thankfulness and a reassurance that the gifts are also to be translated into a desire for the academics as well as for achievements amongst the school children.
According to Ms. Javonillo, on behalf of the parents and school children, “We are very happy and thankful to our Almighty Lord that despite of the inclement weather and Typhoon Ompong, our Divine Lord saved us from danger, and allowed us to continue our desire to continue with our mission and vision of our educational system. The gift-giving of supplies to our school children is a great manifestation of an infinite love of God to us and channeled to us with happy hearts through the Foundation. The school children are abundantly supplied with educational resources, and their thoughts are those of the steadily diligent, which lead only to achievement.”
In Nagtenga Elementary School, the ceremony was attended by the Barangay Captain Mr. Noli Afalla and other barangay officials, PTA president Ms. Melodylyn Jallorina, parents and teachers.
According to Nagtenga Elementary School’s Head Teacher III, Mr. Carlos Javines, “Punong-puno po ng kagalakan ang aming puso, kami pong lahat na miyembro ng teaching staff, mga PTA, lalong-lalo na sa mga mag-aaral po dito, dahil po sa walang sawang pagbabahagi ng inyong pagmamahal sa aming paaralan, asahan po ninyo na hindi mawawalan ng saysay dahil gagamitin po lahat ito sa tama at wastong pagkakagamitan nito.”
In Sidaoen Elementary School, the ceremony was also well attended by the Barangay Captain Engr. Emigdio Sales, Jr. and other officials, PTA president Mr. Felegrino Pacleb, parents, and teachers.
Meanwhile, the program at Sidaoen Elementary School was highlighted by a special recitation number from 6th grade student, Vince Raphael Tejada. Vince was then a recent second place winner in “Wika Ng Saliksik”, a Sta. Cruz district-wide search for top composers and orators in poetry”. According to Sidaoen Elementary School’s head teacher Mr. Frisco Josue, “Dito namin maipapakita ang pasasalamat namin sa mga tumutulong sa aming paaralan upang mahikayat ang mga bata na mag-aral mabuti at hindi lumiliban sa klase.”
Other thankful echoes from Sidaoen Elementary School are the following:
“Dahil po sa mga tulong na ibinibigay ninyo sa mga bata ay lalo pa po silang naeengganyong pumasok sa paaralan. Muli, marami pong salamat!”
—Felegrino Pacleb, PTA president
“Patuloy po sana ninyong tulungan at suportahan ang aming paaralan. Dahil po sa mga tulong ninyo ay lalo pang lumaki ang populasyon ng mga batang nag-aaral dito sa paaralang ito. Muli, maraming salamat Tan Yan Kee Foundation.”
—Love Shella Javonitalla, Barangay Kagawad, Education
“Isa kayo sa mga inspirasyon ng mga batang Ito upang ipagpatuloy ang kanilang mithiin at hangarin sa buhay. Isa kayo sa mga inspirasyon kung bakit sila ginaganahang pumasok araw-araw. Nawa’y ang Panginoon ang magbalik ng inyong kabutihan.”
—Engr. Emigdio Sales, Jr., Brgy. Captain, Sidaoen
As with each quote above, the Foundation hopes that as it continues to sow the seeds of education in these young school children, together we will reap and kindle the flame and vigor for life-long learning in each one.