SMILES OF HOPE. Students of Mesolong Elementary School in Sitio Mesolong, Barangay Santo Niño, Municipality of Talaingod, Province of Davao del Norte volunteer to carry their new school desks donated by the City Government of Tagum last September 13, 2011. The school head requested through a text to City Mayor Rey T. Uy to donate these fixtures to their school.
By Louie Lapat
DAVAO DEL NORTE – School children studying in one of the remotest schools in Sitio Mesolong, Barangay Santo Niño in Talaingod, a town famous for its rich natural resources, had a new reason to be excited to go to school every day.
The conditions of the school children here, though, are a stark contrast to its rich natural resources.
Mesolong Elementary School, which is approximately 8 kilometers away from downtown Talaingod, lacks school chairs which greatly affect the school’s delivery of quality education. There are days when some students would be happy if some classmates would be absent because there will be a vacant seat for them to sit upon.
The City Government of Tagum turned over new school fixtures for the benefit of the 210 out of 575 school children here, majority of whom had to walk several kilometers in bare foot just to attend to their daily classes.
City Mayor Rey T. Uy led the turn-over rites of (70) seventy armchairs, (70) seventy desks and (7) seven tables with chairs on September 13, 2011 to school head, Arnel F. Labasan, in the presence of the students, their parents and teachers. TAGUM CITY/CIO