SOME 250 less fortunate school children in Barcelona, a coastal town in Sorsogon, received donated school goods on May 30, about two weeks prior to the opening of classes. The recipients, ages 5 to 9 years old, are pupils of several state-owned and -run primary schools in Barcelona, said Gilbert Atienza, Barcelona National Comprehensive High School (BNCHS) alumni class of 1992 president.
“With the basic school supplies they received, we hope they would be inspired to study well and develop confidence despite their condition in life,” Atienza said. The alumni class prays the recipients would do their best as they set foot in school when classes open on June 13, he said.
Maria Perla Floranda, a primary-school teacher and member of BNCHS alumni class of 1992, said the bags of school supplies would surely inspire the recipients one way or another.
The recipients came from different religious faiths, said Nena Fajardo. Most, however, were Catholics. The school supplies were donated by parishioners of the Immaculate Conception Church in Marikina and charitable friends of Fr. Dari Dioquino, the parish’s assistant priest.
The BNCHS alumni class of 1992 expressed gratitude to the sponsors; Dioquino, who took the initiative to raise the goods; Fr. Edgar Cleofe, Saint Joseph parish priest, for the distribution venue; and individuals who volunteered support.