MANILA, June 7, 2016 – Some 250 less fortunate school children in Barcelona, a coastal town in Sorsogon, received free school materials on May 30, about two weeks prior to the opening of classes.
The recipients, ages 5 to 9 years-old, are students in several state-owned and –run primary schools in Barcelona, said Gilbert Atienza, Barcelona National Comprehensive High School (BNCHS) alumni class of 1992 president.
“With the basic school supplies they received, we hope they would be inspired to study well and develop confidence despite their condition in life,” he added.
The alumni class prays the recipients would do their best as they go back to school this June, he added.
Maria Perla Floranda, a primary school teacher and member of BNCHS alumni class of 1992, said the bags of notebooks, pads, pencil, scissors, and crayons would surely inspire the recipients in one way or another.
The beneficiaries come from different religious faiths in Barcelona, noted Nena Fajardo. Most, however, are Catholics.
The school supplies were donated by parishioners of the Immaculate Conception in Marikina and charitable friends of Fr. Dari Dioquino, who is the parish’s assistant priest.
The BNCHS alumni class of 1992 expressed gratitude to the sponsors; Dioquino, who took the initiative to raise the goods; Fr. Edgar Cleofe, St. Joseph parish priest, for the distribution venue; and individuals who volunteered support. (Oliver Samson / CBCPNews)