Police team up with artists

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011


KAPANGAN, Benguet -- School children atop a steep mountain had an extraordinary Monday morning last week.

Over a hundred children on August 22 at the Gadang Elementary School were recipients of visual aid from the Benguet Police team in an outreach program aiming to help the youth.

Benguet Police Chief Benjamin Lusad led the regional police in trekking the school with a television set and educational compact discs in tow.

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Sports materials were also part of the donation with a volleyball and badminton set presented to Principal Noel Winnan.

Lusad said under his watch, a school is identified every month as a recipient of these educational aid, all part of the new "Adopt a School" program of the Benguet police.

This time, police teamed up with Chanum Foundation's Tam-awan Village artists led by president Jordan Mang-osan to help children.

Mang-osan and vice president Chit Asignacion led artists in giving art workshops for all 176 children and teachers of the far-flung elementary school.

Arthur Lozano and Alfonso Dato shared their expertise in T-shirt printing; Jules Almirol gave children a workshop on basic drawing; and Mang-osan demonstrated the art of solar painting.

Mang-osan likewise donated all materials used by the children during the workshop to be used for art classes and livelihood.

T-shirt printing is a plausible income generating program that the artist group imparted to the older children of Gaddang, along with teachers of the school.

Months ago, Lusad led a similar outreach in Tublay town, starting their "Help a School Program", which aims to assist school children in far-flung barangays for a broader opportunity for added learning.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 31, 2011.

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