Yesterday, June 27, 2015, Starbucks Philippines invited me to spend some time for an outreach activity project. Having been involved in volunteerism as part of my social responsibility to the society, I already said yes . This has been my small way of returning the favor and contribution to better tomorrow. Sounds ambitious but yes it is.
It was one happy bus full of volunteers from print and online.
This is the beautiful Malaban Elementary School in Binan, Laguna.
Starbucks Philippines partnered with TEACH FOR THE PHILIPPINES. Teach for the Philippines is a for-purpose, non-stock, non-profit organization that works to provide all Filipino children with an inclusive, relevant, and excellent education.
All of the materials needed were segregated
Upon arrival to Malaban Elementary School in Binan Laguna, we were briefed by Paolo Delgado, Head for Renovate to Educate on the basic activities that we will be doing. The briefing took less than around 5 minutes. Paolo managed to help us understand what exactly our goals for the day. The Renovate to Educate Program aims to improve classroom refurbishment in public schools to directly enhance the learning environment of our public school students.
We were divided into three activities such as carpentry, landscaping (Tree planting) and painting. I decided to help in carpentry.
The task given to us is to help fix the canteen cabinet without a door. Upon checking, we noticed that the sides of the cabinet are rotten and need replacement. Here I am trying to figure out the 2 x 2 wood for framing.
Here is my writer friend Maan Pamaran helping us with the carpentry.
There were actually four of us assigned/volunteered to fix the canteen cabinet. We were assisted by Kuya Noy and his carpenter friend to do the rest. They were very helpful and clear in telling us what to do. While we are doing the cabinet at the canteen area, simultaneously other print and blogger friends are also painting classrooms and fixing the chairs. I am one happy guy knowing that in our own little way, we somehow made a difference.
Before 12 pm, we were able to fix the canteen’s cabinet. This might be small to be counted but I feel so overwhelmed and happy.
Starbucks of course brought the famous Venti Van to provide us with the refreshments during the day. Thank you!
Thank you Starbucks Philippines for mounting this event. Trust that I will try my very best to join on all of these kind of endeavors.
For more information about Starbucks Philippines activities, click here: http://www.starbucks.ph/responsibility/community/teach-for-the-philippines and for more information about Teach for The Philippines, visit http://www.teachforthephilippines.org