BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 25 (PIA) -- An international charity donated a total of 860 reams of bond papers and 18 units of printers to 18 elementary and secondary schools, this city, in support to the implementation of blended learning.
The Red Dog Book Drive, USA is an international charity founded by the Filipino community in the United States that aims to lend help to their 'kababayans' in the Philippines. The charity started out with the goal of promoting literacy among children in Butuan City and in 2013, they donated books contained in eight balikbayan boxes to various recipients in the city.
Their cause continues to evolve with the pressing societal issues that Filipinos face daily and currently, the charity decided to assist schools in the city. With educators facing a lack of resources to produce learning materials for students, event organizer Joy Buque saw the need to spearhead a donation drive to aid them with their needs in the implementation of distance learning.
"Some of our beneficiaries are in a remote place and their having a problem about their printing, their modules for the learners. It's a big help for them to print out their modules especially for the teachers."
Smiles are etched in the faces of school heads and teachers who attended the turnover ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Riverside Central Elementary School in Brgy. Baan Riverside, as they receive the donated items.
Pinamungkulan Elementary School principal Edna Barbajo was glad to have her school as one of the beneficiaries. The bond papers and printer they received will be used to produce printed modules for over 600 students enrolled at the school.
"I feel grateful and relieved for the donated items. This is a huge help to us especially since our resources have been exhausted in the production of previous batches of modules," she said.
In August, the charity, with the help of the school alumni, previously turned over 675 reams of bond paper and 14 units of bond papers to Agusan National High School to support its students enrolled in the Senior High program. They also donated laptops to the three highest-ranking students in each strand. In addition, two students in 6th grade in Brgy. Bading were each given a single unit of laptop.
Donations kept coming and in October, they were able to turnover 350 reams of bond papers and 14 units of printers to ten schools.
The city government lauded the efforts of the group. City Councilor Cromwell Nortega highlighted of the efforts of the group and vowed to support them in their endeavour.
"Christmas in this pandemic will definitely not be so lonely anymore for our educators who received the kindness of the foundation which the city government is truly thankful for. We will continue to support you in your advocacy to help our children in ways we can."
The charity plans to make donations to other schools that are yet to receive their aid. Joy Buque hinted that they are still looking for sponsors for their future projects. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)