Well, well, it’s Christmas time once again! Definitely, this is one of the happiest moments in a child’s life. Tis the season to be jolly, right?
The Pre Schoolers were more than jolly during their Christmas Party on December 20. Dressed as angels, Three Kings, shepherds, Mary and Joseph, they lit up the hearts of everyone. They reenacted the Nativity Scene with aplomb, as if they were real actors and actresses.
Meanwhile, the graders held simple celebrations in their classrooms.
After giving the kids a grand time, the teachers prepped up for their own Christmas party. Mrs. Maria Joycelyn S. Añonuevo, principal, and Mrs. Nelia S. Samaco, administrator, gave gifts to all faculty members and staff.
It was a tiring day but it filled everyone’s heart with happiness and love.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
1 Timothy 6:18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. Hebrews 13:16
Good leaders are those who respect the rights and lives of others. Their hearts reach out to others, share a part of themselves, give cheerfully. Unfortunately, the virtue of selflessness cannot be taught or caught overnight. Most young children do not care about others. That is a fact of life. But if they can sense the happiness we feel each time we give to others, they learn that such an act can satisfy them, too.
MLISFI‘s outreach program, Bukas Aparador, started in 1996, during the school’s first chistmas party. Mrs. Nelia S. Samaco, the administrator, saw street children staring at her pupils.The MLISFIans wore new clothes, ate delicious food and had beautiful toys. How she pitied the kids. So, when an ice cream man passed by, she called him and bought ice cream for every child she saw. The happy and contented smiles on the children’s faces inspired her to do more. She urged the pupils and their parents to open their closets and give away their old clothes and toys to the needy. Bukas Aparador (open the closet) was born.
To this day, MLISFI still searches for schools or communities which deserve help. Just a few days ago, the school went to Malaya Elementary School, which is situated in a remote community. We were warmly received by the principal, Mr. Mones, the teachers and parents as well.
After the welcome speech, a lively dance number was presented by MLISFI’s Sangguniang Mag-aaral.
Then, the MLISFIans distributed their gifts (old but usable clothes, toys, noodles, canned goods, rice) which were warmly received by the school children.
Givers are Receivers, too! When you give, you receive. You are rewarded with a warm smile, a whisper of thanks and a deep sense of joy. On a lighter tone, the Malaya Elementary School served super delicious rice cakes, buko-pandan, spaghetti and gelatin which we ate with gusto. As if they haven’t thanked us enough, the pupils and their teachers gave us on-the-spot dance numbers! Everyone really had a great time during this outreach program.
There are so many needy schools and communities in Oriental Mindoro. You too, can help. Just leave a comment and we’d gladly reply to you as soon as we can.
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MLISFI believes that early exposure to Science and Technology develops a deep sense of respect for life. At an early age, MLISFIans become aware of the cycle of life and everything that constitutes it.
With the theme, Science and Technology Begins with Me, the school held friendly competitions to boost the MLISFIans knowledge about Science and Technology, like:
Science Investigatory Projects
Let’s face it: the world’s population has grown leaps and bounds. The problem is, the economy isn’t. The answer? Science Investigatory Projects (SIP).
SIP’s offer cheaper, more accessible products that can help alleviate poverty. Grades 4-6 pupils are encouraged to create new or improve existing projects like medicines from herbal plants, cement with plastic wrappers, non-toxic mosquito coil and others.
The children, with the guide of their parents and teachers, do extensive research, gather materials, experiment with the use of laboratory tools and equipment in order to come up with high quality SIPs.
The power of the pen can bridge the gap between the scientist and the layman. With the help of science scribes, scientific formula, theories and processes become easier to grasp. MLISFians were given the task to write an essay about this year’s theme, “Science and Technology Begins with Me”.
Sci Quiz & Sci Trivia
Sci Quiz and Sci Trivia enhances a child’s knowledge about scientific knowledge.
MLISFI’s intensive training by Mrs. Nelia S. Samaco (administrator) and Mrs. Lourdes L. Gamilla (2011 Outstanding Science Teacher of Oriental Mindoro) has bred National and Regional champions in SIP.