An Elementary School in Bulacan only has Five Classrooms

 

rsz_1mbp_pinkAs part of our Christmas traditions, we visited last year an elementary school for a Christmas gift-giving day. Banahaw Elementary School is a public school that has students in grades first through sixth in Norzagaray, Bulacan of Central Luzon (Region III). The school has 5 instructional rooms and 1 non-instructional rooms. Sadfully, none of the rooms has a dependable supply of electricity. With 138 students last year, class size is around 28 students. Lorie Floresca is principal of the school.

banahaw4It was more of a prayerful preparation we did, other than sourcing sponsors and connecting with people who would like to help. Our goal when we visited was to share about who God is and His blessings.

banahaw1It was so encouraging to see kids of all ages, parents and teachers have smiles on their faces when we staged a midget dance. It seemed such a simple dance number but to the eyes of the kids, it felt like they were watching the most beautiful kiddie show there is. We thank God for their positive outlook and great faith in a God who can answer their prayers. Kids from this school, when asked, dream of finishing their studies and helping their respective families.

Getting there was not actually easy. This makes it difficult for any other group to up the Norzagaray mountains and visit this school for any outreach activity. The way up means taking rough roads, be ready to catch all the dust your pores can handle. We armed ourselves with towelettes on our heads and faces as we went up. The climb up was steep, the jeepney had to slow down on some rough road patches or to wait for its turn on single lane rough roads. It is usual to see students in school without slippers, walking or taking horses to and from school.

We bought a Jesus cake and led everyone into prayer and singing the happy birthday song to Jesus. It was not a surprise to hear some of the kids say that it was their first time ever to have tasted a cake. They were all too happy to receive new pair of slippers, fruits, drinks, hygiene kits and toys.

If you have the heart to help Banawe Elementary school students this year, Team Deborah is prayerfully seeking help to prepare slippers, fruits, drinks, hygiene kits, toys, cakes/cupcakes, teachers’ gifts (pictured above) or any other items you would like to donate in time for December 17 visit. May God continue to be Your Rewarder as you seek ways to share your blessings this season.

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Taking Gifting to the Next Level

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I am sure that for all my mom readers, having kids at home means Christmas starts earlier than usual. In fact, as we speak, we already have the Christmas tree set up and had our first Christmas activity with kids, an afternoon spent completing craft with styro, paint and glitters.

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So yearly, my family and I complete these Christmas traditions that not only allow us to celebrate the reason for the season, Jesus, but also allow us to build traditions that display our family culture/values and the things that we are passionate about. Among the things that we do yearly as a family include: a Jesus birthday party, watching Disney on Ice, Christmas pajama nights with bibingka and hot choco, and putting up our Christmas calendar of family activities (Dec1 to 24).

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Christmas Traditions calendar, each bag contains a picture of a Christmas family activity we have agreed to do from December 1 to 24: e.g. watching Ayala lights and sounds show, Christmas family devotionals, Christmas game and crafts night, etc.
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Christmas tradition : Pajama nights served with bibingka and hot choco, enjoyed over watching a movie that kids have chosen to watch together at home.
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Christmas Traditions calendar, each bag contains a picture of a Christmas family activity we have agreed to do from December 1 to 24: e.g. watching Ayala lights and sounds show, Christmas family devotionals, Christmas game and crafts night, etc.
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Christmas tradition: family portrait taken yearly, which we also use as Christmas cards to go with the gifts from kids.

Also, we are excited to fill up our Faith Jar, where all of us put in what we are believing God for, for the coming months or for the coming year. It is a great activity to build prayerful lives with our kids and allows them to see a God who answers prayers. For this Christmas, what tops my prayer list is for us to be able to celebrate the year’s blessings. For one, I would like to get my husband the perfect staycation for December, yep, he has been planning for us to be on one without the kids. I love my four kids to death, and me and my husband has become creative as it gets pretty challenging to carve couple-time away with four kids. While my boys plan to get the latest Lego toys this year, while my daughter is praying for a pink bike.

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Last year, it was also a year to give back as I joined some of my friends visit a public elementary school for a Christmas gift-giving activity. I am praying to be able to do the same this year. There are just so many ways to give back this Christmas, I know of a family who would drive around on Christmas eve to give away Christmas bags to homeless families on the streets. Some join Christmas outreach activities with the entire family. If you do not have the time to spare, you can always give back with SM’s Give a Bear of Joy Today.

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For more updates about this year’s “Merry SM Christmas” campaign, visit SM’s official Christmas microsite and follow its official social media accounts at SM Supermalls Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber. Shoppers can actively share their holiday merriments inside the SM Supermalls by posting their photos on social media and adding the hashtag #MerrySMChristmas2015.”

However you plan to celebrate your Christmas season with your family, please keep in mind that the most meaningful celebrations you can do are the ones that include the ones who are dearest to you. Plan ahead and let me know what your Christmas plans are.

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