09 Oct

Early on a Saturday morning, the team at ER Creative Group of Companies headed off on a heartwarming journey to Mahabang Buhangin Elementary School in Tanauan City, Batangas. The sun had barely risen when we assembled at the ER Office at 6 am, and by 7 am, our convoy was on its way.Our destination was Barangay Wawa, where we loaded a boat with an assortment of goodies - school uniforms, loot bags, and refreshments. 

Despite the hot and sunny weather, the 15-minute boat ride was a delightful experience, leading us to the school at around 8 am. The children's smiles awaited us, filling us with joy and anticipation.The program commenced with an opening prayer led by Pastor Thien, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to gather and share love. Principal Liezzel then took the stage, extending her warm welcome to our team. She praised our responsiveness in the group chat and commended Sir Erwin for his approachability.

The students, eager to show their appreciation, treated us to performances that tugged at our heartstrings. Thirteen young dancers lit up the floor with their high energy. Then came Joshua, a young talent whose heartfelt rendition of "Habang Nabubuhay" left us in awe.Following the performances, we distributed P.E. uniform pants and loot bags to the children. It was heartwarming to witness their happiness and impeccable discipline as they patiently lined up.

During the distribution, one team member conducted interviews with some of the students, inquiring about their favorite subjects, what they loved most about school, and their dream jobs.Mary, an 8-year-old third-grader, expressed her love for the English subject and her aspiration to become a teacher to help other students. She admired how her classmates' hard work made their parents proud.Tyler, a 7-year-old first-grader, expressed his passion for the Music subject, particularly singing. He aspired to be a soldier and protect our country one day. He also finds joy in writing and his ability to remember things through it.Carl, a 9-year-old fourth-grader, had a penchant for Mathematics and enjoyed playing with his classmates during breaks and after school. Although undecided about his future career, he acknowledged that some things take time to figure out.After the uniform distribution, we engaged the students in fun games facilitated by Sir Ron, his wife, and his sons, creating a lively and joyful atmosphere.Refreshments were served afterward. 

As the children savored their food, laughter and chatter filled the air. Friends huddled together, sharing stories and bites of sandwiches. The world seemed to slow down for those precious moments, allowing us to savor the pure joy of giving and receiving kindness. It's difficult to find words that adequately describe the incredible feeling of seeing the students smile and knowing we had made a positive impact in our own small way.With satisfied smiles, the children bid us farewell, their backpacks now heavier with uniforms and their hearts brimming with appreciation. 

We made our way back via another boat ride, the shimmering waters reflecting the profound sense of purpose we had shared together. We all returned home safely, our hearts filled with joy and our spirits lifted. This experience has only strengthened our commitment to participating in more community service projects in the future.

Every smile, every shared moment, reminds us of the incredible difference we can create when we join hands with purpose and kindness.

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