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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Cansumangkay Surprise

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All the kids at Cansumangkay Elementary School in Balangiga (even some teachers!) knew they were just holding their usual flag raising ceremony at 7AM of a gloomy Wednesday morning. Many of them did see us, even bantered with us - but we have been too familiar faces to them, having been to their school a number of times to check and see the construction progress of one of their school buildings. So they probably thought it was such a usual day.

When Ms. Alma Borja, the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinator followed by the ever-present BSPMC Chair Ms. Reymunda Amegable went up front to tell them something, the claps and grins started, especially for those in Grades 2, 3 and 4. They were told they would go straight into their spanking new classrooms right that very morning after the flag ceremony.

Not without having a brief photo-op right in front of their new building, together with classmates and teachers. Everyone had fun!


Grade 2 pupils posing for the cameras before entering their new classroom (rightmost) at the new building behind them.



Grade 3 pupils who will use the middle classroom also pose with their teacher in front of the DSWD ADB/JFPR Signange.



The jollier Grade 4 pupils and teacher also take a pose before entering their room at the left end of the new building.



Principal, Brgy Capt., DSWD/JFPR Engr and PM open the room while Grade 3 pupils and teacher eagerly await to enter.


Then our time to be surprised came...

These two Grade 4 boys, practicing gallantry at such an early age, told their excited classmates to remain & stay-put on the waiting line, as they started darting off and back to/from their old classroom (at the other end of the field with bamboo walls). They hauled all of their classmates' bags and things. I asked why, one of them smilingly told me "para diri masamok" (so it won't be chaotic)!



We peeped into the rooms and saw the Grade 2 kids getting some reminders on how to take care of their new classroom:


Nice day. Fulfilling day!


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