Escudo DeMolay Alumni Chapter No. 4 of the National Capital Region recently participated in the Brigada Eskwela 2020 Program of the Pantabangan East Central School in the province of Nueva Ecija. The alumni chapter turned over various mandatory school supplies to the Special Education Department (SPED) of the said elementary school last September 11, 2020.

This is the alumni chapters new project called “Bayanihan Para Sa Edukasyon Ng Kabataan” under the umbrella of the alumni chapters’ flagship Adopt A School program, which aims to help distressed and marginalized public schools. These donations were made by the alumni chapter to help the educators in their preparation for the formal opening of the new school year.

The new school year formally opened and started classes last October 5, 2020, amidst uncertainties brought about by the COVID 19 virus pandemic.

The school supplies, which consisted of reams of bond papers, inks, plastic envelops, storage boxes, laminator, and laminating films, were turned over by Escudo DAC No. 4 President Bro Jonas Domingo to Mrs. Judithea V. Collado, the Head Advisor of the SPED Department of Pantabangan East Central School, who accepted the materials in behalf of the department.

“These materials and supplies are essential to assemble and produce the learning modules needed by the SPED students enrolled in this school” said Mrs Collado. The number of special education students the elementary school caters to, number more than 30.

In the previous school year, Escudo DAC No. 4 donated various learning materials and learning toys to the special education students of the same institution. However, requisite to the change in the mode of instructions this year, because of the COVID 19 pandemic, the department needed more of the basic school and office supplies to conform with the demands of the new system of teaching.

“Because of the pandemic, our traditional way of education has changed” according to Escudo DAC No. 4 President Bro Jonas Domingo. “From classroom learning, it has shifted to distance learning, thus, our donations also changed. Public schools are now using modular teaching, so we donated materials and supplies that are important for teachers to produce and make their students modules” added Domingo.

Adopting an under supported and under financed public school is nothing new for Escudo DAC No. 4. It has been a conscious advocacy of the alumni chapter for many years. Adopting and supporting a distressed and marginalized public school has been an institutional project of the alumni chapter for more than a decade. From donating brand new flags to various public schools to adopting a far-flung elementary school in the foothills of the Sierra Madre for more than half a decade, Escudo DAC No. 4 continues to believe that helping provide for  the needs of under equipped public schools will have a huge impact in their role as primary educational institutions in the community moving forward.

Credits to Bro. Alvin Llanderal, Chev., LOH