Nov 12, 2007

When Dreams Come True

It was not too long ago when Mr. Angelito Valderama, a parent from San Bartolome Elementary School (SBES) in Quezon City, was listening to the radio to Mr. Harvey Keh (Executive Director of AHON Foundation) talk about AHON’s mission of transforming lives through developing libraries in public elementary schools in the country. Mr. Valderama shares, “Nangarap po ako na sana mapalad din ang San Bartolome na masama sa ganitong magandang proyekto. Di ko lubos akalain na matutupad ito nang dumating ang AHON sa ating paaralan. (I had hoped that San Bartolome may be so fortunate as to be included in AHON’s projects. I could hardly believe that my wish came true when AHON came to our school). He further continues, “Isa itong napakagandang regalo na siyang aming aalagan para sa aming mga anak (This is truly a wonderful gift that we will take care of for our children)

Indeed, such was the appreciation, enthusiasm and support showed by the parents and the rest of the SBES community for their new library. Wherein in the past SBES students had to content themselves with a mostly outdated collection of books scattered in different areas given their small library, SBES now boasts of a bigger and better library housing entirely new sets of books donated by AHON Foundation.

The goal of SBES’ library design was to encourage the students to come to the library and make reading as their habit. As such, the staircase and hallways leading to the library were painted brightly to entice the students’ curious minds. Meanwhile, the kiddie mural designs inside the library fuel the students’ creative imagination spurred by stories and information they read from their new books.

Just as Mr. Valderama's wish came true for him, the students' dreams for their own future is now one step closer to coming true through the power of reading .

- Launched last September 25, San Bartolome Elementary School is AHON’s 7th adopted library, benefiting more than 2000 students. -

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