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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, August 28, 2014


A SMALL act of kindness turned out to be one of the most fulfilling days for the faculty and students from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Cordilleras who conducted an outreach mission at Yagyagan Elementary School in Tuba, Benguet.

A week before the final exam for the first trimester they found time to visit the university’s adopted community and organized an environment based literacy activity which is part of the Community Extension Program of CAS with Professor Corazon Ciriaco as the overall coordinator.

Professors Alex Cabatbat and Alma Bengao enlightened the spectators on global issues focusing on the environment particularly on solid waste management which is just but timely nowadays. It was an interesting undertaking with the grade 5 and 6 students actively participating in the activity where they were also taught how to make paper mache.

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In attempt to address the result of the needs analysis of the school, seven faculty members of the school were trained on some techniques on how to become better teachers through the lecture given by Dr. Dante Caseldo on the topic “Strategies in Teaching Math” and Professor Consuelo Pagaduan on “Handling students with Tender, Loving Communication (TLC).

“Community service is a fulfilling experience,” Pagaduan said.

The students from Grade 1-6 were also given a lesson on reading, speaking, and vocal development and taught the essence of group dynamics by Professors Gene Balinggan, Edna Velasco, Patrick Santiago, Gyrel Manogan, Dr. Romeo Javines and Dr. Gregerlin Lambenicio.

“Reaching out to others is one form of life satisfaction,” Lambenicio said.

At least 14 students taking up the courses BA Communication, AB English, AB Political Science, and BS Psychology joined the August 22 outreach mission and served as facilitators. For them being part of the event was both memorable and a learning experience.

“Being with those kids for the whole day made me realized that despite of the modern generation we have now, the real spirit of childhood is still alive,” 2nd year BA Communication student Via Lou Perez said.
The said venture is in line with UC’s Project H.E.L.E.N (Health, Education, Livelihood, Environment, Nurturance), the community extension program of the university.

Certainly, life becomes more meaningful if you reach out to others for help and support. As the famous American essayist, lecturer, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

For comments and topic suggestions email alahsungduan@gmail.com

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 29, 2014.

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