New libraries, new hopes for La Union students

By Sheena Valenzuela

Posted at Jun 29 2014 05:20 PM | Updated as of Jun 30 2014 02:12 AM

Hector Tagaysay of AHON Foundation and Vice Mayor Boni Malinao of Bauang, La Union formally open the library at Paringao Elementary School

Smiles and hopes poured in as the Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation opened up new libraries with new books in La Union on a rainy morning last June 13,2014.

The AHON team, led by its chairman Hector O. Tagaysay, inaugurated 4 public elementary school libraries in La Union namely Aringay Central School, Bauang North Central School, Paringao Elementary School, and Bangar Central School. These libraries will benefit almost 5,000 students who will now have new books to read and learn from.

Each school had their own turnover and inauguration ceremonies as they welcomed the new school year with their new libraries. Aringay Central School made it unique by using a Powerpoint presentation. For a public school, the use of a Powerpoint presentation was a sign that technology was now being utilized to further enhance the learning process.

Children of Bangar Central School enjoying their new books in their new library

“Nung kasing edad niyo ako at nag-aaral ako sa public school, wala kaming library. Pero gustong-gusto talaga naming magbasa kaya kahit ano binabasa namin, maswerte kayo ngayon kaya dapat basahin niyo talaga yung mga libro,” Tagaysay remarked.

In the joint inauguration ceremony of Bauang North Central School and Paringao Elementary School, there was an overwhelming show of support from local government officials and education leaders.

“This dream of having our very own library wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the whole community. We were given only one month by AHON Foundation to fix up and renovate our library. We made it happen because every member of the community from our parents, teachers and local leaders, did their own part to help set up this new learning center for our children,” said Ms. Winda Mazon, Principal of Bauang North Central School.

The vice mayor, councilors, district superintendent, the barangay officials, and the parish priest expressed their gratitude to AHON.

In Bangar Central School, the ceremony was simple yet the students were very participative.

In her speech, the principal of the school, Dr. Rosario Magpali said that it has always been their dream to have a fully functional library for their students.

Students enjoying their new books at Aringay Central School

“We will make sure that this library will be fully utilized by our students. We are now inspired to make sure that every student in Bangar Central School will learn how to read. Thank you very much to AHON Foundation for making our dream a reality,” said Magpali.

On the last part of the ceremony, the priest blessed the library, and it was finally opened. Students flocked to the room as they excitedly read the brand new books. From the old-fashioned, traditional look, libraries were transformed to colorful and child-friendly rooms full of books.

The teachers and the students were very thankful to AHON for giving them books. Indeed, books are very powerful. It is a fountain of knowledge which can change lives, teach us to dream and use our imagination.

The task of AHON, however, does not end with the donation of books and inauguration of libraries. AHON has to make sure that the partner schools take good care of their libraries and that the books are used by the students.

AHON’s mission is to build libraries to develop a reading habit among Filipino children, aiming to upgrade the quality of education in the country. By giving quality books to public schools, students can have a better chance of attaining their goals and ambitions.

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