Volunteers from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde recently conducted free summer training workshops at the Escuela de Nuestra Señora de La Salette in Dagupan City.
Benilde, through the Center for Social Action (CSA) office led by its director, Leo Cortes, and La Salette, represented by its president, Marianne Tan-Lor, partnered in the Summer of Service (SOS) 2017 program to provide free training and workshop to teachers, staff and students of the De La Salle-supervised school at Tapuac District.
In the spirit of volunteerism, service and collaboration, Benildeans provided skills-based services to La Salette from April 17 to 27. CSA matched the skills of SOS participants to the training needs of its partner school.
Anna Aqui, who works as a Counselor for Multimedia Arts at the DLS-CSB Center for Counseling Services, handled Personality Development for La Salette teachers and staff led by Principal Sonia Tandingan-Camacho and Student Services Director Rustan DV. Indong.
“I signed up for SOS to share what I know about positive psychology and student well-being in schools, learn more about myself and be of service to other communities,” Aqui said.
Mary Clarence B. Cariso, a BSHRIM Hospitality Management student, facilitated the Mathematics Enrichment Program class for Grades 4 to 6 while Maria Annie D. Billones, a BSBA Human Resource Management major, taught Campus Journalism to students from Grades 7 to 11.
Shena Mae Amor, also a BSBA HRM student like Billones, facilitated the Research Writing-Science Investigatory Project class for Grades 7 to 11 students. She gave different scientific experiments for the students to do before teaching them how to write their papers for their science fair exhibits as part of the culminating activity.
“I joined SOS because I want to grow as a person by helping others gain new knowledge through teaching and sharing what I know,” Amor, who is graduating this term, shared.
Seymour Sanchez, lecturer at the DLS-CSB Film Department, served as Team Dagupan’s faculty adviser. Being a former news producer at CNN Philippines, he also taught Broadcast News Writing and Reporting to students of the Campus Journalism class.
The student journalists then covered the Gilon-gilon ed Baley street dancing parade along the city’s downtown area to shoot pictures for their photojournalism exhibit and record videos to give them a feel of broadcast news reporting.
Volunteers from the DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) arrived on the second week and offered free Special Education symposium and Filipino Sign Language classes. The SOS and SDEAS teams also paid a courtesy call on Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and City Administrator Atty. Farah Marie G. Decano.
CSA coordinator Reynolph Patrick Ladon revealed that the two-week volunteering program also aims to bring participants to unfamiliar territories for them to learn how to acquaint themselves with another culture and adjust to a new community.
La Salette, a first-time Benilde SOS partner, is a center for development and formation of the young through quality, human and Christian education. The school offers a well-rounded curriculum and employs the innovative Dynamic Learning Program.
Other SOS teams were assigned to Gapan in Nueva Ecija, Guiuan in Eastern Samar, Danao in Cebu, Barangay Masaplod and Barangay Libjo at Dauin in Negros Oriental, Sitio Banga and Sitio Matanguilon at Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental, Bislig in Surigao del Sur, Davao and Davao Oriental.
All groups convened at the Benilde Retreat and Conference Complex in Tagaytay for the CrossRoads program and graduation of all SOS 2017 volunteers last April 30.