A day in school with fewer worries
Depending on what school a child goes to, each day is a pack of enriching and stressful experiences. Parents, most oftentimes, are obliged to share a part of their selves and to major aspect their resources for the multifarious activities that their children is involved in – be it academic, co-curricular or extra-curricular. With no more regard as to whether the school is private or government-run, assimilating into the child’s school world is a surprisingly whirlpool encounter.
Although schooling should not anymore be a worrisome concern for parents with the free education program of the government for the primary and secondary levels running for decades now, the assorted contributions that should be paid by students, of course to be shouldered by parents and guardians sending the students to school, make education ironically costly. With the travel fare from school to home and vice versa ever jacking up, a parent’s blood pressure correspondingly escalates especially if the child would go home telling another round of payables to be due the next two or three days.
No worry for those who have so much to spare out of their daily toils, like the businessmen who earn on daily basis, because they have something to settle the homeroom or general PTA account and finance the class projects with. But sadly for the sheer fixed income earner, they will have to resort to the loansharks, if such is still feasible within the parents’ capability to pay or otherwise wait until the amount is available. After all these hassles, with the good showing in their children’s performance in school, the school-year’s end caps another test passed.
A good thing about getting involved in their schoolchildren’s activities in the academic institution is getting to know fellow parents who have same or not quite the same experiences as the others in being such and grasping the lessons of parenthood, particularly responsible parenthood. This is why it is so sad to think about out-of-school youths, especially the juveniles in conflict with the law, who never got the chance to experience the joys and pains of attending school. Their parents, too, are losing quite a lot in realizing the good they could get in assisting in their school children’s activities. We could not judge them, though, because they have their unfeigned reason for such a heartrending recourse.
One event, which is a little bit exciting but quite costly, is the family day. It is a day in school for parents, school personalities and schoolchildren that creates fewer worries, meaning less stressful. It is bonding time for everyone, much like the Christmas Party, which is soon to happen blissfully again. No recitation, no seatworks, no quizzes, no projects and most especially no chiding from strict (others call them “terror”) teachers. And for the parents, it is a free time for their children.
Last weekend was a truly fun day at the Sto. Niño SPED Center in Tacloban City. It was like a family reunion where each family took to task their respective assignment to ensure in making the event successful and worth remembering. This success is unachievable sans the cooperation of everyone in the community, and above all a show of the stakeholders’ support to the school administration. This is a school happening that is worth the struggles.
Sto. Niño de Tacloban must be so pleased with the conduct of the affair because on the first day of the two-day fun day, where the Intramurals and Playground demonstration were held, the sun was high although Typhoon Lawin was already hovering the skies of Eastern Samar. The children had their day to showcase their talent in dancing their assigned cultural festival dances. The next day, the skies were already overcast and heavy rains intermittently fell, yet the fun run proceeded. After that was the mass then the fellowship and awarding which all culminated with fun and joviality. To God be the Glory!
By: Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros
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