Project Care Para Sa Laylayan Ng Lipunan: Community Service Amidst the Pandemic
When people get involved in a community service, they help not only others but they also unfold various worldviews, develop empathy and leadership skills, and see how their actions develop an impact. “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world,” as stated by Howard Zinn.
The Project Care led by San Juan Elementary School highlighted this by donating school supplies from Kinder to Grade 6 pupils. Its underlying principle is to celebrate not only the nearing spirit of Christmas, which is associated to “the season of giving”, but also to showcase how individuals could help one another even amidst the pandemic.
The program started last November 9, 2021 from 1:00-3:00pm at the San Juan Elementary School (SJES) Quadrangle and was repeated on December 16, 2021 with the same time and location. It was made possible with the support and utilization of donations from the British School of Manila and SM Sta. Mesa.
The preparation and planning of the said event were exercised in a virtual set-up to deliberate upon the needed processes, persons involved, and materials in order to make the project successful. With the ongoing preparations, the very hardworking teachers and GPTA parents of SJES Central led by their own team leaders, finalized the packaging and “fortified upon the significant sustenance.”
Lastly, gratitude must be bestowed to our energetic School Principal, Mr. Lloyd T. Tulaylay, for the support and guidance of the Project Care for this remarkable innovation he initiated. Also, a round of applause is attributed to Ms. Rosalie Macay (School Brigada Eskwela Coordinator) and to Ms. Esterlina Seguan, Master, Teacher in-charge, in leading the program to be a victorious and successful one.
It is essential for people of all race and ages to do community services. It is not only about helping the community but also making a difference in someone's life. It can help a person grow and build connections mentally, physically, and emotionally. San Juan Elementary School believes that having this kind of activities spur empathy, growth, and development to the diverse type of learners of the school. Giving them the best and quality education they deserve leads to attainable valuable lessons, traits, and strong partnership between the school and the stakeholders.