At SchoolRoom Inc. my daughter has been exposed to different school activities like performance reading and dressing up for the following days:
Buwan ng Wika (Filipino Month),
and UN Day ( Dressed as a little Chinese Girl, I wanted Korean, but we don’t have any clue where to find any Korean National Costume).
Early November, We received a letter from The SchoolRoom Inc about November to be a Thanksgiving Month.
We were excited to take part in this outreach program specially the thought of exposing Shumi to helping others in need even at a very young age. IN my Highschool St. Theresa’s College, we had exposure to outreach which we called Palihan. We have this once a month and we come in dressed in white PE Shirts (with embroidered names at the hems) and jeans.
Last November 21, my daughter and I joined the annual outreach activity which was held at the RSCC (Back of SM North EDSA)
I carpooled with Ria, the Mom of Xyrx. We had an animated time in her car, pretending that we knew the way and was happy that by a stroke of luck we did. At first we were greeted by a close gate, which opened to a compound of housing clusters. We automatically noticed the play area and guessed right that our kids wanted to play there ASAP. We were joined with the other Mommies and School Staff and was instructed to have our kids lined up. I introduced Ria to May, the Mom of Jason and we hanged out most of the time during the event.
Here are the kids lining up in front of the DSWD head site office.
One of the School Staff asked for volunteers to assist in shuffling in the kids from the different cluster rooms. We wanted to volunteer but was told that we can check out the babies of the center first. These are abandoned children by parents with different reasons for giving up the kids. According to the social workers some of the babies and toddler’s parents were going to get them back but some are up for adoption. I tried to hold back the tears, the moment they saw people in the viewing window they asked for some hugs. There were even two orphaned babies that were flown in from Tacloban.
After the emotional scene we decided to go to the activity area.
We saw that some of the Mommies have already ushered in kids dressed for the occasion.
The program started with song and dance numbers prepared by the SchoolRoom Kids, and they invited the RSCC kids to join in the fun.
The highlight of the event was the feeding program. Shumi told us that she practiced feeding a Nursery student the day before. I was so proud of her, she got her own bowl, asked for the lugaw (porridge) and chose a child to feed.
It was a success we had three returns for more lugaw bowls. She was very patient. She felt she was ATE SHUMI!
There was also a surprise guest, Hello to early Christmas!
The day ended well. I took a ride back with Ria and got stuck in traffic. Our kids unanimously decided to eat at Jollibee, and we ended at Robinson’s Galleria Jollibee since it was raining.
I asked Shumi what she learned from the experience and this is what she told me:
1. That not all kids are happily living with a Mom and Dad
2. You can ask for more lugaw and
3. It was fun being an Ate Shumi for the day
Thank you SchoolRoom for this activity as it instilled a valuable experience to our kids. Thank you for teaching our kids the importance of family love.
Thank you Ria for the ride! See you and May soon! 🙂