Pens of Hope is turning 4 this month! And what better way to celebrate it than distribute some goodies to another deserving school: the Lawaan Elementary School in the town of Laoang, Northern Samar.
Here are pictures of the goodies we distributed. The yellow bags contained loot bags with pencils and toys for each of the 141 kids. We previously got the number of boys and girls in each grade level. We used this as basis for buying toys for the kids. The toys in the three other frames are toys which we gave out as prizes for the games and the raffle. We had lots of toys this time kasi December naman eh. We wanted the distribution to become an advance Christmas gift to them.
From the main road where we alighted from the van that took us to Barangay Lawaan from the province’s capital, Catarman, the goodies were loaded into a habal-habal. The short ride on the narrow road in the middle of a ricefield kept me excited.
When we arrived, we saw these eager little kiddos na sobrang behave sa pila nila.
A loud and upbeat Christmas song was playing from the school’s sound system. Someone handed me a printed program of the event as soon as I entered the school grounds. I realized right there and then that the school had prepared for our visit.
After the flag ceremony, the school and barangay officials warmly welcomed us and gave inspiring messages to the kids.
I was in for a big surprise when the emcee announced that the kids prepared dance numbers! Super twang-tuwa talaga ako sa kanila! Here they are dancing to Boom Boxx’s “Hey Yo Cappuccino” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” Napasabay ako sa indak nila. Ang saya kasi eh hehehe.
After the dance numbers, we distributed the loot bags. In the loot bags were pencils and toys for each of the kids.
Then it was time to play games! It was super fun!
After the games, we raffled off lots of toys! Halos lahat din ng bata may naiuwing prize from the raffle.
For the kids’ snack, my nanay volunteered to bake some muffin for all the kids to enjoy. Unfortunately, there was blackout on the day she baked the muffins. Kaya mano-mano ang ginawa naming pag-mix. Sakit lang sa braso hehehe. But it was all worth it naman. We just bought some individually packed juice for their drink. Sorry, di na nakuhanan ng pics.
I was facilitating the activities so I asked an 11-year-old kid to take the pics for me. Mga 3 minutes lang ng orientation ng paggamit ng DSLR and he was good to go haha. Medyo kinabahan lang ako kasi I set everything to auto but he couldn’t keep himself from rotating the lens hahaha! But I guess okay pa naman ang motor ng lens ko 😉
I want to thank everyone who has supported Pens of Hope through the years—-giver man ng material goods o giver ng moral support. Maraming salamat sa inyo. Kay bilis talaga ng panahon. Four long years na pala!
To all the donors of this particular distribution, sana’y napasaya kayo ng mga litrato. How I wish you were able to personally witness and hear the children’s laughter and excited shrieks. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat! Special shootout goes to Blogger D and to Chubby of Pavilion 4 (hehehe peace!). Pinasasalamatan ko rin si Ate ko who took time out to travel all the way from Manila at nagpuyat talaga to prepare the logistics (at nagluto na rin for my family hehehe).
Muli, maraming, maraming, maraming salamat sa inyo. You have made this event a very special one, hindi lang para sa mga bata kundi para na rin kay Miss N. I am truly, truly grateful. Blessings to you all.
Next distribution will be in May, in time for the opening of classes next year. I still have enough number of pencils for the next distribution. What I’ll be gathering are ballpens (for Grades 3-6) as well as erasers, sharpeners, and notebooks.