help kids learn project #11.
the 11th project of the help kids learn project falls on year 2011! :) wow. i can't believe the help kids learn project is five years old! how time flies!!!! what started out as a little personal project to share the blessings that have been so generously given to me, now seems to be growing bigger and bigger! what a blessing! ang galing ni GoD!
to date, this march 2011 project is the biggest we've done since this started in 2005. for this project, we visited signal village elementary school in taguig city, and as always, i chose the grade six students who are graduating, so that our little gift giving project may serve as inspiration for them to work harder on to high school! thank you to school principal dra. remedios antonio for the warmest welcome! and the biggest thank you in the world to mayor lani cayetano for making this all possible!!!! :)
welcome to one of the biggest schools in taguig city! they have around 1,200 grade six students, and here we are in their gym for their rehearsals for their graduation happening april 1! in the past, i have only been able to shoulder school supplies for anywhere from 400 to 600 students, but for this year, ate lani so generously matched my donation, so that we would be able to visit a bigger school! i'm so, so, so thankful!!!! :)
its nothing big, its a simple school supplies pack. a clear plastic envelope with a notebook, pad paper, box of crayons, pencil, and pens! more than the material gift, its the morale boost that we can give the students that we find more important. we give them a little pep talk congratulating them for a job well done in grade school, but also telling them what's in store for them for high school, with the hope that they will stick it out to be able to graduate high school as well. :)
the students were so, so cute because as we were distributing the school supplies, the pa system started to play music and they all started to sing bruno mars' 'just the way you are' and justin bieber's 'baby' in unison! a whole gym with over a thousand students happily clapping and singing all together! such a happy spirit in the air! :)
check out the cute, rowdy boys in the front row. they got their school supplies early and so they were just being makulit the whole time! i asked the students what jobs they would like to have when they grow up. a lot want to be in engineering, nursing, in construction, even showbiz, but also, uso na pala na ambition for kids nowadays is to be in i.t. or in the computer industry. i told them, "baka naman hindi computer programming ang gusto niyong trabaho, baka naman computer gaming!" hahaha, tawa sila lahat ng tawa. mukhang totoo. :p
at the end of the impromptu program, ate lani had a super bright idea! she asked the kids, to end the day, who would be willing to perform a song number! the kids all started to shout and volunteer their own friends and classmates! the students sang everything from miley cyrus, to justin bieber, to sarah geronimo, to jovit baldivino!
this was one of the most fun help kids learn projects ever! at the end of the program, as i was about to leave, so many students gave me handwritten letters, where they did small drawings and doodles! so, so, so touching. i told the students that they are the future. they have to believe that. i said i hope to see one of them become a future news journalist in abs-cbn, a future basketball player in the pba, a future businessman providing jobs for fellow taguigenos, or even the future mayor of taguig!
i truly, truly wish these students well. education is so important, i hope they realize this, and i hope they use it as their weapon to succeed in the future. :)