Keep your Christmas parties simple, or better still donate the funds intended for them to help students and teachers suffering from the earthquake that hit Bohol, and the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda, Negros Occidental Provincial Schools Division Superintendent, Juliet Jeruta, said yesterday.
The money intended for school Christmas parties and exchange gifts could go a long way in helping restore classrooms and in bringing cheer to students who are victims of recent calamities, she said.
Schools under the Department of Education in Negros Occidental have already started a fundraising campaign and it is hoped that more donations can be raised this Christmas, she said.
In Negros Occidental alone, 46 classrooms, mostly in Sagay and Cadiz cities, need repair, she said.
And there are many more hit by “Yolanda” in Leyte, Samar and Panay, and the earthquake in Bohol needing help, she said.
While relief goods are good as a bandaid solution, the repair of classrooms also need help to enable children to get back to school, she also said.
The DepEd is also sending hygiene packs for school children of calamity-hit areas with donations it has collected with a letter expressing love for them, she added.
She noted that, aside from the school children, many teachers have also lost their homes.
Christmas is the time of giving, so a little sacrifice for others would be in keeping with its spirit, Jeruta said.*CPG