Starting my week right by working on a Monday, first to do so actually. With breakfast done, I walked straight to the office. Surprisingly, I was the first one there so I had to wait for a couple of minutes before Kuya Boyet came. Good thing I had my book with me to keep me company. We waited for a few more minutes to get the door to the office open and the drawer as well. The key of the room wherein the supplies were kept was hidden in the drawer so we couldn’t leave just yet. We left school at around 9 am and headed on to the first school on our list.
1st Stop: Araullo High School
This one is the nearest to DLSU, thus the first stop of the day. When we entered the school premises, Kuya Boyet first searched for the teacher in-charge while I waited in the van for the go-signal. With the papers signed and everything, we proceeded to giving out the envelopes to the OBB students. Kuya Boyet and I together with the teacher went to their classroom and informed them about it.
The students were so happy to receive their school supplies. It was also touching to know that they remembered me from our (Chin, Chel and I) school visit earlier this year. As soon as we documented the giving out of envelopes, we left right away.
2nd Stop: G. Perfecto High School
This school is in Tondo and located near the other two in our list. This high school is currently sharing facilities with Hizon High School (or Elementary School, not sure). The coordinator was kind enough and we were able to visit the class too. Because class was ongoing, we just took a picture of the principal receiving the school supplies instead. The school is very colorful and I liked how bright it looked.
3rd Stop: F. Torres High School
We arrived in time for the lunch break so students were everywhere. We were received in the principal’s office and interrupted his meeting. But again, he accommodated us and even went up and down with us. We requested students to help us carry the boxes up the 3rd floor. Whew! It was tiring! The students have been waiting for these to arrive the principal told me, even the teachers! 3 down, 2 more to go!
4th Stop: J. P. Laurel High School
This school was assigned to me and Kat as part of Practicum requirements which is why I can still remember the classroom we used. The OBB coordinator was having her lunch when we came. We were sorry to disturb her but we had to leave the school supplies. We left them in the office and took a picture with her and left right away so that she can have her lunch in peace. I saw one of the students there by the way!
We had lunch in the nearest restaurant we found which is Jollibee. Kuya Boyet found out the he and our driver had a common friend and so from then on they had a connection and the conversation kept going. After lunch, we “wazed” our way to Mandaluyong but with the help of Kuya Roel’s (the driver) navigation skills. I fell asleep for a while and woke up just as we took a turn on Aglipay St.
5th Stop: Mandaluyong High School
This stop was by far the quickest stop of the day. The coordinator already knew we were coming and I have met her before so I knew where to find her. Chin had her first meeting with the students hours before we came too! We unloaded what was left inside the van, had the acknowledgement receipt signed and left for Taft. Oh what a tiring day, but we ended early so it wasn’t that bad.
Back to HQ: DLSU-M
They were surprised to see us back early. A few more packs needed to be completed so we helped out until we finished everything. At around 4pm, everything was set for delivery tomorrow. Chin and Ate Alain will be delivering tomorrow, even to my schools because I have a class in Antipolo. Best of luck to them! It can be tiring but of course fulfilling once you see the smile on the students’ faces.