SPREADING LOVE AMIDST A PANDEMIC
By Janice Patillas
One of the important lessons students need to understand and apply, especially during the time of school closure, is that there is a world out there, outside their homes — that there are kids like them who are struggling, probably more than what they are experiencing. And that they can make a significant impact on the lives of these children by showing compassion.
On December 2021, Grade 4 students came across a lesson about “How to Help Your Community.” They have learned that they can help through donating and or volunteering. With the initiative of the teachers and support from parents, the fourth graders willingly shared their pre-loved items by putting them in a shoebox with a brief letter in it. All gifts were beautifully wrapped in shades of blue and pink, which suggests the gender of the recipient. The gifts were delivered at the EIS gate three and received by our school guards. The teachers sent these tokens of love to the poor community in Onnut 49 and 88 on December 6, 2021.
It was Grade 4’s first community outreach during the pandemic. A heartwarming and humbling experience. Parents and students were delighted to be part of a ministry such as this. It is really true that when we look for an opportunity to help others, it will appear despite the circumstances.