A reading program will be part of the Toyota Motor Philippines (TMPF) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program for its adoptive school in Santa Rosa, Laguna.
The program will also involve company volunteers who will join the “Read Aloud” program to help children develop good reading habits and improve their reading comprehension.
According to TMPF Vice President Ronald Gaspar, the reading program adds to the ongoing projects the foundation supports at Pulong Sta. Cruz Elementary, her adopted school since 1994.
“Bibilangin pa slow learners na makakasama sa program (We will assess how many slow learners
will be part of this program),” he said in an interview with the Manila Bulletin on October 24.
Gaspar said: “Read-Aloud: will be launched next year.
At the same time, she is renovating the kindergarten classroom and replacing damaged school furniture.
“Kasi sira-sira, so we will make the tables and chairs more conducive to nature (since
the table and the chairs were already damaged, we have to renovate the room to make it suitable
to learn),” he said.
Toyota’s other projects in the school, which came to a halt during the lockdown restrictions in 2020, are the Gulayan sa Paaralan feeding program, Pasiglahin ang Estudyanteng Pinoy (PEP) and the Lakbay-Aral excursion program.
Gulayan sa Paaralan and PEP go hand in hand. The first allows children to grow vegetables which are cooked for meals at school or at home.
The Lakbay-Aral, on the other hand, rewards honor students and winners of academic competitions with a trip to various museums in the Philippines. The program will resume after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) gives its approval.
The foundation has also transformed the school’s teaching system into a digital platform with the installation of television monitors as a teaching aid in the classrooms and computer workstations in the library, as well as a strong internet connection.
Recently, the foundation donated health kits with a temperature scanner, an alcohol dispenser and a year’s supply of face masks, soap and sanitizers. (Timothy Gacura)
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