All for a Cause
Christmas of 2013 was celebrated by the seniors not by giving and receiving exorbitant gifts to one another, but by meaningfully spending time with the street families of Tuluyan San Benito and raising funds for the sustainability of the educational and livelihood programs of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila’s temporary shelter for the homeless families in the metro.
It all began with the batch’s Rummage Sale at the Troika Hall where they sold used personal items like clothes, stuffed toys, books, bags, etc. at very affordable prices. Every day, two different sections exhibited their own style, strategies, resources and unique items in order to attract customers, and eventually raise more funds for Tuluyan San Benito. The rummage was open to all members of the community, regardless of unit and/or position held in school. The highlight of the Rummage Sale was the Batch Rummage Sale held at the 2nd floor of Josephville Building on December 4, 2013. Every person who entered the vicinity was overwhelmed with the noise, the convincing students and the extremely low prices.
After the successful Rummage Sale, the Seniors visited Tuluyan San Benito to celebrate the coming of the saviour Jesus Christ with the less fortunate urban poor families. Here, the students, together with some parent-volunteers, taught the mothers and fathers different livelihood skills that will empower them to find alternative and decent sources of income. Some examples of livelihood trainings that were imparted would include bead-making, baking, recycled bag-making, dish washing liquid making, and manicure/ pedicure. As for the children, they were taught how to read and write, and games were organized to make the visit more enjoyable for everyone.
On January 7, 2014, the 4th Year Students donated PhP 42,500, a part of the Rummage Sale proceeds, to the educational and livelihood program of Tuluyan ng San Benito. The endorsement was graced by the presence of the High School Principal, Sr. Rosalina Fajardo, OSB and the coordinator of Tuluyan San Benito, Sr. Cecille Ido, OSB. This experience not only benefited the street families, but more so, us, Seniors. With the guidance of our class advisers and subject teachers and with the help of the entire Scholastican community, these experiences are now considered life-changing memories of our Senior Year. As the batch representative of the High School Batch 2014, I can confidently say that we are now ready to face the real ill-troubled world that awaits us after HS graduation and that experiences such as this equip us with the character and integrity that have genuinely molded us to become agents of social transformation.
by Kathleen Velasco