With in three months, books were donated, bought and delivered to Trapiche Elementary School. Thanks to a donor who wished to be left unnamed, to Adarna House and Scholastic for facilitating a speedy delivery of books, the school community was excited to prepare for the library launching.
The teacher librarian assigned to man the library, Mrs. Mycel Alcantara, and the current principal,Mr. Lumbao planned for a well organized launch. They made sure that all stakeholders were involved and present that day: DepEd officials, members of TUPAD, a local non-government organization led by Con. Ark Buenaobra,Barangay officials led by Brgy. Cpt. Diego Motilla, parents and students. Being a Saturday it was well attended. The new school library was spruced up. The new mural still smelled of fresh paint. The Philippine flag in front of the library building danced and waved in the wind.
The Barangay officials, parent-teacher Association (PTA) officers and Principal Lumbao all accepted the new books. Their big smiles reveal not only gratitude, but sincere happiness at receiving new books that their children can use and read. Students held the books and sniffed the scent of paper. It was like opening gifts at Christmas morning. After the required photo shoot, a response were given by DepEd Supervisor, Josilyn Solina Ph D. She said, "We are grateful for organizations like Sambat Trust and TUPAD for helping us raise the reading interests and book awareness of students in Trapiche Elementary School. God bless Sambat Trust that may continue to establish more school libraries in the district!"
After the program, everyone was invited to partake of the food prepared by the PTA and Barangay officials. It was akin to a fiesta where the whole community come together for fellowship. For guest author, Russell Molina, it was a reunion with one of TUPAD's founding members, Gerald Hidalgo. These two go way back in college. Who would have thought they would meet, two decades after pursuing and participating in the same advocacy?
As for Sambat Trust, it will continue on its mission of helping scholars become better learners and learning communities become confident readers for life through its flagship scholars program and school library development project. Collaborative work with organizations like TUPAD, local government units, DepEd officers is an important recipe to realize the mission!