SORSOGON, May 25, 2015 – After its successful first ever fundraising campaign, an alumni class of a state-owned secondary school in Sorsogon vowed to raise more funds to help indigent high school graduates pursue college.
The Barcelona National Comprehensive High School (BNCHS) alumni Class of 1992, which had a raffle draw during the BNCHS general alumni homecoming on May 17, generated Php 40, 000, said class president Gilbert Atienza.
According to him, Class ‘92 aimed for Php 50, 000, but the project was still successful since the members had roughly only two months to sell 5, 000 raffle tickets in Manila and Bicol.
Class ‘92 allotted an amount of Php 10, 000 to the BNCHS general alumni right after the draw to sponsor one of its college scholars for a semester.
Atienza said his batch will conduct more raffle draws and rollout other projects to help educate as many poor high school graduates of BNCHS as they can.
Atienza, a Philippine Navy officer, observed that majority of the students who graduate from BNCHS each year do not set foot in college due to poverty.
Not less than 60 percent of its graduates are forced to give up their dreams for college and the chance to get employed by as a result of poverty, he said.
The college dream
Airen F. Samson, acting Class ’92 secretary, said the batch’s collective efforts can help address poverty in Barcelona by helping poor fresh high school graduates obtain tertiary education.
Many people, hailing from poor families but who did not give up their college aspirations, serve today as living proof that education is the key to poverty, she said. They were able to improve their lives and those of others.
Aside from scholarships, Class ’92 is eyeing to conduct relief efforts for survivors of typhoons across the town and medical missions in poor communities as soon as funds and batch support become available.
Pledges from abroad
Class ‘92, which fully respects and supports the current policies and projects of the BNCHS general alumni, vowed to harness its autonomy to help address issues of poverty in the municipality of Barcelona.
BNCHS general alumni president and Barcelona municipal councilor Agnes E. Escullar, and treasurer Joseph Floresca expressed gratitude for the assistance of Class ‘92 to its scholarship program.
Atienza and Class ’92 officers were thankful to class members working abroad who pledged for the raffle prizes, and to members for their support. (Oliver Samson/CBCPNews)