Montessori De Manila’s Outreach Program: Little Brothers and Sisters
by Noelle Simounne H. Santos (Grade 10 - Escoda) and Anna Katrina R. Villaruz (Grade 10 - Diokno
Outreach programs give the students the opportunity to get involved in community service, with activities that both the students and beneficiaries can enjoy. Not only do these add to the students’ helpfulness to serve and volunteer but it also gives the students that eye-opening experience of the conditions of the world today.
Last December 15, 2017, Montessori De Manila held its annual community outreach program, led by both the Aerospace Cadets of the Philippines (ACP), and Elementary and Secondary Student Councils (ESC, JHS, and SHS SC).
To kick–start the program, the officials and children from Couples for Christ led us in a beautiful and engaging prayer. We then held a variety of games for them to show their competitive side and win prizes while enjoying themselves. Then came invigorating song and dance performances such as Jingle Bell Rock and Huling El Bimbo sung by the High School Band, Maningning ang Pilipino, sung by the Grade 10 students, and dance performances from selected students from Grade 10 and ESC Council. Not to be outdone, the beneficiaries responded with their own dance performance. After having enjoyed the meal, we then had personal time with our assigned child/ren to show them an activity of our choice. All students had time to interact with their little brothers/sisters on a personal level. Goody bags were given to all the children to make their Christmas a little more special. All the prizes, meals, and goody bags were funded by our generous student body’s Piso Mula sa Puso donations.
Giving wholeheartedly always makes one feel joyful. The celebration lasted for half a day but it was meaningful since the students shared a simple gift-giving day for the young children. Sharing and giving back is truly good for one’s soul.