Xavier School Grade School Distributes School Kits to Abra School Beneficiaries

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Xavier School Grade School Tuloy Eskwela Project goes to Tayum and Bangued, Abra

The Intensity 7 earthquake that hit northwestern Luzon last July 27, 2022 is one of the most destructive natural calamities that the Philippines has experienced in recent years. The shaking had severely damaged infrastructure including commercial and school buildings, hospitals, and bridges. It was a devastating start to an otherwise hopeful beginning of a new school year for schools affected by the earthquake. 

Our engaged and compassionate grade school students, parents, and faculty and staff, under the guidance of the Student Activity Program Office, Filipino, CLE, and Social Studies Departments, have initiated the Tuloy Eskwela Project. This project seeks to benefit the teachers and students of Velasco Elementary School in Tayum and Bañacao Elementary School in Bangued, Abra in consultation with Dr. Hedwig Belmes, Curriculum and Instruction Chief of the Department of Education – Abra.

XS GS representatives and teachers of Bañacao Elementary School in Bangued, Abra
Students from Bañacao Elementary School in Bangued, Abra
Students from Bañacao Elementary School in Bangued, Abra
XS GS representatives and teachers of Velasco Elementary School in Tayum, Abra
Students from Velasco Elementary School in Tayum, Abra
Students from Velasco Elementary School in Tayum, Abra
Student recipients of school kits (Velasco Elementary School in Tayum, Abra)
Student recipients of school kits (Velasco Elementary School in Tayum, Abra)

The Tuloy Eskwela Project started with a donation drive that ran from August 15 to September 8, 2022. The Kinder to Grade 6 students, together with their parents and their class advisers, prepared and packed the school supplies for the students in Abra. The members of the grade school faculty and staff also donated essential items, including books, to the teachers of the Abra school beneficiaries. 

On September 22 to 23, 2022, a team of grade school administrators and teachers, composed of Mr. Jim Tuscano, Mrs. Catherine Lugay, Mrs. Joyce Imperio, Mrs. Maritess Bautista, and Mr. Rafael Enriquez,  traveled to Abra and personally handed over the school kits, t-shirts, essential items, Wikahon sets, English dictionaries to the teachers and students of the Abra schools. Grade School Guidance Counselor Mr. Rafael Enriquez also conducted a psychosocial support session on basic counseling skills to the teachers of both schools.

GS Guidance Counselor Mr. Rafael Enriquez and teachers of Bañacao Elementary School in Bangued, Abra
GS Guidance Counselor Mr. Rafael Enriquez and teachers of Velasco Elementary School in Tayum, Abra

The team met with Mayor JB Bernos of La Paz, who accompanied the team throughout the distribution and training sessions. His son, Joseph Bernos II, a Grade 6 Xaverian, also helped out in the distribution of the school kits. The team also thanked the office of Congresswoman Ching Bernos in assisting the team to mobilize the transfer of the boxes of school kits, essential items, and books from Manila to Abra.

XS GS Administrators and with the staff of Abra Congresswoman Ching Bernos

The school heads of the two beneficiary schools also took to their official school pages on Facebook to extend their gratitude to the Xavier School community. 

"Naggibos daytoy nga aktibidad baben ti panagyaman ti sibubukel nga Bañacao Elementary School kadagiti mangisursuro ken agad-adal iti Xavier School, kasta met nga pinagyamanan da ni CID Chief Hedwig Belmes ti panangirekomenda na iti pagadalan ken amin pay nga dimmar-ay iti daytoy nga programa para iti agtultuloy nga ayat ken suporta da."


The activity ended with the whole community of Bañacao Elementary School expressing their gratitude to the teachers and students of Xavier School and to CID Chief Hedwig Belmes for recommending the school as a beneficiary of the said project, as well as to all who supported the whole project.
"Tuwang-tuwa ang mga mag-aaral sa mga kagamitan na kanilang natanggap. Magiliw rin nilang binasa ang mga mensahe ng mga mag-aaral ng Xavier School na nakalagay sa bawat envelope."

It is the Xavier School Grade School community’s hope that through this project, the teachers and students of the Abra school beneficiaries are equipped and ready for the reopening of schools two and a half years after the lockdown.

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