Elementary school gets books-A A +A
Saturday, January 21, 2012
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- To contribute to the educational needs of students here through their newly opened library, Books for the Barrios Inc., a non-profit organization, donated hundred of books to the Panipuan Integrated School over the weekend
Books for the Barrios Inc. is a non-profit, public-benefit corporation run by volunteers that collects English and reading books, educational learning aids and devices from publishers and schoolchildren in the United States and delivers them to remote barrio public schools throughout the Philippines.
Panipuan Integrated School principal Carina O. Tarenio, who received the donation in behalf of the school, thanked the foundation for helping their school.
“Malaking tulong po sa amin pagtururo ang magkaroon ng magandang silid akalatan at maraming bagong libro. Ito’y isang malaking pag-asa na magdadala sa tugatog ng tagumpay sa aming mga mag-aaral dito,” Tarenio said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Oscar Rodriguez also thanked the foundation for the support.
“When I was elected in Congress way back in 1987, education has always been my concern. I filed bills regarding the construction of libraries for all schools from national, local down to the barangay levels. I am thankful for meeting people with the same advocacy as mine.” he said.
In the next six months, the organization and the City Government of San Fernando will ink a memorandum of agreement that will enable the rehabilitation of libraries of all integrated schools in city.
President and executive director of Books for the Barrios, Nancy Harrington, was flattered for the gratitude expressed by the students and promised to send additional books.
She was also amazed because of the importance Mayor Rodriguez puts on education. “Mayor Oca is an amazing and a very visionary person, [making] sure that not only school buildings are being established but also sponsorship to our volunteers.”
Students from Panipuan Integrated School were delighted upon seeing their new and improved school library.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 22, 2012.