July 19th, 2012
By: Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran – Pupils of the Naval Central School (NCS), as soon as they arrive in school everyday, always voluntarily put a one peso coin in milk can coin bank placed on their teacher’s table in each classroom of the elementary school.
This has been the daily practice of the more than 1,400 pupils presently enrolled in NCS for a week now starting on July 9 until present. In a week’s time, the total amount of P5,660.75 was generated from July 9-13 and deposited in the Rural Bank of Naval.
The daily voluntary one peso coin deposit of each elementary kid in NCS is anchored on a fund-raising initiative dubbed “Piso Para Sa School Ko” initiated by the school’s Parents Teachers Association (PTA).
The fund-raising initiative which is voluntary in nature does not only teach the pupils of NCS the spirit of volunteerism and the value of savings but it also inculcated in their young minds the value of cooperation.
The fund-raising initiative is still confined at present within the NCS campus with teachers as well as visitors of the school also voluntarily drop their hard-earned one peso coin in the milk can coin bank everyday.
The NCS-PTA also envisions to put up milk coin banks in government and private offices, business establishments, schools and to other prospective benefactors in Naval.
NCS-PTA will also open an account very soon in banks here in Naval that will serve as depository account of financial assistance here and abroad, again, for the common purpose and objective-to raise funds for a community-initiated project.
The NCS-PTA for school year 2012-2013 jointly with the NCS principal, Mrs. Rosario G. Gahum, have envisioned to build an estimated P1.2M worth of a two-classroom building project to address the future problem of lack of classrooms due to the increasing numbers of enrolment of the school.
Though the lack of this important educational facility is a government concern, yet this can be possibly addressed to, with the members of the community voluntarily extending their able help and assistance in cash or in kind.
To borrow the words of the former official of the DepEd that “cooperation is the key in facing the challenges of basic education”, now is the right time to show how cooperation in the community works wonders in the realization of the community-initiated school building project. (PIA Biliran)
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