Environmental Story Telling: Children Edition
Last August 25, 2017, the traditional activity, Environmental Story Telling of the Science Department, was held in collaboration with the Nutrition and Filipino Departments for integration in the celebration of “Buwan ng Wika”.
Children from the Daycare Center of Barangay 752 of Santisima Trinidad Parish, Estrada, Manila, listened vividly to the story composed by the BS Biology 4th year students. The story revolved around the treasures of the sea, how the sea has been polluted by people’s actions and how people including children can help protect the sea. A colorful puppet show coupled with a video, makeshift illustration book from which the story was read and created by the students served as the strategies in presenting the story. A question and answer portion was done after the story. To the delight of everyone, especially Ms. Carla Morales, the BS Biology student who acted as the Lola Basyang among the story tellers, the children answered correctly and in chorus each time a question is asked. What is so inspiring is the way the children answered with the accompanying word “po” which shows that our tradition of saying “po” is still alive in this generation of children. Likewise, the Nutrition students, gave a short explanation on the importance of healthy foods especially among growing children.
To culminate the activity was the distribution of school materials to the children whose joy and gratitude could be easily seen from the glow on their faces and the very words spoken , “Maraming salamat po , Santa Scholastica”.
With these Prof. Marie Merida, Dr. Amy Tuble and Prof. Salve Dorado, the collaborators, also ended the day with a smile on their faces, glow on their eyes and gratitude from their hearts for a meaningful day shared with the children, the future stewards of the resources of our ecosystems. “The joy of giving and sharing is limitless”, so says Prof. Dorado. Thanks to Prof. Charlie Azcuna, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences for supporting our environmental story telling activity.
by: Salve L. Dorado