The Paaralang Elementarya ng Tungkong Mangga is ready to advance its Special Science Elementary School (SSES) Project in 2017, as the students and teachers opened the doors of their new school building, a Christmas gift from SM Foundation.
“It is a big blessing from God,” exclaimed Flordeliza Limon, Principal of Paaralang Elementarya ng Tungkong Mangga. “Magiging magaling pa sila sa math and science dahil ang environment nila ngayon ay very conducive to learning.”
The Department of Education (DepEd) launched the SSES Project with the objective to provide a learning environment for students who exhibit special aptitude in mathematics and science. The project includes an enriched curriculum in science and math to encourage and equip children in these fields of studies in the future.
“For this season of giving, we would like to give our youth a gift that can last a lifetime,” expressed Linda Atayde, SM Foundation Executive Director for Education Programs. “Education is one of the best gifts we could give our children. It will help them discover and develop their talents, and will help them achieve their dreams for the future.”
The newly built, two-storey school building is the 77th school building donated by SM Foundation nationwide and has four fully equipped classrooms with a total of 200 student arm chairs, 4 teacher’s desk sets, 8 blackboards, 16 wall fans and 4 washrooms with water closets. SM Foundation aims to provide each student his/her own chair so that each student can have adequate space for learning. Proper furniture for the teachers not only helps the teachers improve their quality of teaching but also allows the students to understand and respect the space of authority and leadership. Sufficient ventilation and fully-functioning washrooms teach students the importance of proper hygiene and help make the students comfortable as they learn.
“We don’t just build school buildings. We make sure that the classrooms are properly furnished,” expounded Atayde. “The students’ surroundings are just as important in their learning process as the lessons taught by their teachers. A conducive environment enhances their creativity and helps sharpen their minds, while having proper facilities help develop good habits that will be with them as they grow.”
San Jose del Monte’s City Mayor, Arturo Robes expressed how this social investment helps the city in their vision to equip the youth for the future by providing quality education. “Aside from SM’s investment in our city, part of their services is donating these classrooms,” Robes said.
SM supports the communities in areas where it is present. In San Jose del Monte alone, SM Foundation has already built and donated two school buildings with six classrooms and currently supports 87 college scholars. It also recently conducted a medical mission in the area and turned-over the renovated and refurbished City Health Center III in August. A total of 418 farmers from Bulacan were already trained under SM Foundation’s Farmers’ Training Program with 118 of them coming from San Jose del Monte City. Finally, through the Foundation’s Grow a Million Trees project, 20,000 trees have already been planted in two areas in Bulacan.