Blaan pupils receive school supplies from SMI Alumni Scholars Association

Tampakan, South Cotabato  SMI Alumni Scholars Association (SASA) conducted their first community outreach program at Tokay Mal Elementary School, Tampakan South Cotabato, on May 25, 2019. A total of 47 Blaan pupils benefited from the school supplies distribution. The beneficiaries were Kindergarten to Grade Six pupils of the said school. 

“These school supplies may seem ordinary things to those who have much in life. But to our pupils it means a lot,” said Brian C. Cagas, the Teacher In-Charge of the school. ”These school supplies help to motivate pupils to continue their schooling.” 

“Education changes us into a better person. It helps us build significant opinions, it improves our way of thinking, it helps us attain positive attitudes, and it allows us to achieve personal growth as a whole,” said Pinky Simbag, the President of SMI Alumni Scholars Association. 

“I can say that education is very vital because it leads us to become successful. The more knowledge we gain, the more opportunities we will have,” Pinky added. 

SASA also conducted child friendly activities such as teaching a song. Anabelle M. Pascua led the activity to help the children be entertained and at the same learn something out of that song. 

Education is one of the advocacies of SASA. The group aims to ensure that all kids will receive relevant and quality education for all. 

“Our association gives more value to education. We believe that it is the greatest tool that alleviates us from poverty. We want to inspire the younger generation. They should finish their education no matter how hard life is. In that way, they can able to help their families and communities,” Pinky said. 

The event was materialized through the support of Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI), Kiwanis Club of General Santos City and private individuals.