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‘School in a Box’ delivered

The Anak Natin Foundation Inc. is delivering boxes filled with educational materials to seven day care centers in Negros Oriental.

Recipients of the “School In A Box” are day care centers in Mayabon and Maluay, Zamboanguita; Inalad and Poblacion, Siaton; Azagra and Sta. Cruz Nuevo, Tanjay City; and Sra. Ascion, San Jose.

The  donations are personally delivered to each day care center by Anak Natin Foundation Inc. president Dr. Terrel Hill.

Hill was Unicef's Country Representative to the Philippines for eight years before to his retirement.

The foundation has been delivering boxes filled with school supplies, reading and counting materials to day care centers in the province since 2006, bringing to 44 the total boxes delivered to 44 day care centers provincewide.

Each box contains 25 storybooks from Adarna Big Books and Lampara, both of which are in English and Tagalog versions. “The books from Adarna are large so the teacher can read them to the children and they can easily see the pictures,” Hill said.

The boxes also include cognitive learning tools. “There are wooden beads, table blocks, inch cubes which are colorful blocks for children to learn colors, shapes and sizes,” Hill added.

Each box also contains class activity materials such as art papers and crayons and a CD player with a disc containing 150 children's songs. Each day care student also gets one plastic envelope containing a pad of paper, a pencil, an eraser and a toothbrush.

According to the foundation's website (www.anaknatin.org), the “School in a Box” contents are aimed at facilitating the learning of three to five year-olds in their first formal learning environment.

Anak Natin Foundation is a US-based organization started in 2005 by Hill and now run by a group of five volunteers. The foundation's only project, “School in a Box” is funded by donations from Filipino American groups.*PIA

 

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