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Diwa ng Pasko 2010 (Personal Account)
By Sofia Tejada, SEM Editorial
It was a fine December morning to be up and early to give back and put smiles on children’s faces in Bagbag Elementary School in Batangas.
When we got there, the children came out from their classrooms and watched us with curious and eager eyes as we went to the covered court. We were fortunate this year to have the team of Learning Integration Specialists (LIS) from Genyo to run the show because they know what catches the students’ attention well.
The children had their time to show their talents and skills through presentations and games. We also had the chance to mingle with a bunch of kids who were more than happy to pose before the camera for some souvenir shots. The Genyo team also presented a modern dance number to the delight of the kids. But what got the kids going was the arrival of Jollibee’s life-size mascot, who also danced to an upbeat number and made the kids to happily scramble towards it.. The children were treated to burgers and drinks from Jollibee courtesy of Diwa officers.
After the presentations, volunteers from each department gathered big boxes filled with gifts for the children. Each gift pack included a toy, school supplies, and back issues of SEM materials. Diwa also gave free textbooks for the school library.
It was such a delight to see the children’s faces light up as they lined up and received their gifts. Somehow, I recalled that same feeling of an innocent child receiving every gift, small or big, with the same joy and gratitude.
The feeling that you spent some time and made a lot of kids happy is enough to dispel that “I still can’t feel Christmas” blues or Grinch mood that our busy and fast-paced life sometimes leave us with.
This event gave me a chance to stop and think of others who are in need before going back to our daily routines. A good heaping of selflessness makes the Christmas season taste a whole lot sweeter.